【工作狂英语演讲稿】Whatever Happene。d to the People Who Work
T。oday, th。e topic I wanna discuss is about workahol。ics.
There i。s a s。tory on m。y textbook, unit 2,。 The Company Man, which starts like。 t。his:
He worked himself to death, finally and precisely, at 3 am. Sunday morning.
When I。 first read this story, indeed, it scared me. But what scared me most, just a few seconds lat。er, was that I real。ized that, once upon a time,。 I, myself, used to be a workaholic.
And if I kept walking down that path, maybe one day, I’d end up l。ike that compa。ny man who died alone at a time when most people usually do not die.
So, I began to wonder, why did I do wh。at I did?
Or, why do people become workaholics?
Even, why do we choose to wor。k?
After my painful deliberation, （I mean, thinking is always suffe。ring,） here I。 wanna share two different answers with you.
Answer No.1 was concluded by myself.
We work because of our deficie。ncy of meaning and purpose.
We human-beings have been suffering。 from two di。fferen。t kinds of dilemmas, which have threatened our existence for centuries.
Firs。tly。, death. This is the。 phy。sical end for all of us. We don’t know if there w。ould be anythin。g that c。omes after death. Therefore, so far, when someone has died, we say he has been completely removed, or erased, from this world and this reality.
Secondly, the possible meaninglessness of life its。elf. This may be the kind of truth we are。 not happy to confro。nt, but we have to admit。 that ther。e could be a great chance that a man’s life is creat。ed by accide。nt and, al。so, full of uncertainty. This is why we have the Nihilism theory. Think about what the Romanian philosopher Emil once said, "I’m simply an a。ccident. Why take an。y of this seriously?"
Faced with these two insurmountable problems, firstl。y death, secondly the possible meaninglessness of life itself, the sense of self-realization brought by hard work。ing could be the only solution towards a truly happy and。 meaningful life.
Next, answer No.2.
Workaholic is actual。ly a global phenomenon b。e。cause we all ar。e surrounded by snobs.
This was derived from an English author named Alain de Botton, from。 one of his speeches。 on TED.
From his opinion, in this society, we have nothin。g in the center that is non-human. We are the first society。 where we don’t w。ors。hip anything other than ourselves. It is all about human. No more gods. Our heroes are human heroes. Why not? Hey, think about this. We even started sending people into the space.
So under this atmosphere, a huge n。umber of peopl。e have become snobs.
And what is a snob?
A sn。ob is anybody who takes。 a small part of you and u。ses that to come to a complete vis。ion of who you are.
And the do。minant snobbery nowadays is job snobbery.
For example,。 just as B。otton said in his speech, t。he first que。stion you tend to ask when you meet somebody at a party is "what do you do".
In this case, our work, our jobs are so closely rela。ted to our self image, even our social status. We so desperately care about our image。 and the w。ay others treat us, which compels us to work h。arder and harder.
This was。 supposed to be the end of my。 speec。h。. However, I wanna leave t。his more encouraging, less depressing. So I began to think what if I could say s。omething to。 other workaholics, or myself in the past. It was a piece of advice from Neil Gaima。n, one of my favorite fr。eelancers, from his speech at the University of。 the Arts in P。hilad。elphia.
He said, "I learned to write by writing. I tended to do a。nything as long as it felt like an adventure, and to stop when it felt like work, which meant that life did not feel like work."