'Work is Worship' said Carlyle, and a greater truth was never uttered. Many are the blessings of work. All that humanity has achieved during the course of generation was a result of hard work over long period of time. Man-to-day boasts that he is the highest of all creatures, that he is the roof and crown of all created beings. He owes all his greatness to hard work, it is the unique privilege of man to change and master his environment through hard and constant work. Man is human because he is capable of hard work, while the animal is not. The brute does not understand the blessings of work.
Nothing is denied to hard and persistent work. It was Carlyle again who said that, "Genius is but another name for the capacity to take infinite pains." All human civilization and culture is the result of hard work. Our agriculture, our fine clothes, our palacial buildings; our art and literature, our science, our conquest of outer space, have all been achieved through hard work. Today man has conquered nature and has acquired powers fit for the gods. It is all great blessings of hard work. Indeed, work is worship.
That work is a great blessing is fully released only by those who are subjected to enforce idleness, for one reason or the other. Alexander the Great, wept because there was no more worlds for him to conquer. His life work had come to an end. Similarly, Gibbon wept when he completed his monumental Decline and Fall the Roman Empire, because there were no more books for him to write. Retired people feel most unhappy and wretched for this very reason. Indeed, it is said that their life itself is cut short by their enforced idleness. The cripple and the invalid, who can no longer work, feel that their life is no longer worth living. They languish in grief. For serious offences, the punishment is solitary confinement and such criminals are allowed no work.