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Is productive work a necessary component of the good life? I don't mean in an instrumental sense (as a means to gaining necessities and luxuries) but in an essential sense, so that those who fail to engage in productive work cannot have a meaningful life.

asked Apr 09 '13 at 18:14

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edited Apr 10 '13 at 11:33

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In Objectivism, productive work (or simply "productiveness") is the means to a cardinal value, namely, the value of "purpose." For further insight on what purpose is and why man needs it, refer to the topic of "Purpose" in The Ayn Rand Lexicon. There is a more detailed discussion in OPAR. Even if one has all the time in the world to live one's life without a single care about material support, one still needs to find something purposeful (productively so) to do with one's time and energy, for the sake of one's own peace of mind and psychological well being.

answered Apr 10 '13 at 15:45

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