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Course Description

From our first efforts to hold up our heads, our lives involve work. Our work forms us. Though sometimes understood as the curse of Genesis 3, Abraham Maslow wrote, “Duty is pleasant, and the fulfillment of duty is pleasure.” How do we experience “work” as the pleasure that drives us? This course tells a cosmic story of work, starring the autonomous human joyfully acting in collaboration with others. The course explores contemporary research echoing ancient wisdom and a win-win trajectory that requires only our personal work. The course provides scaffolding for the work: a place to discuss and practice new ways of thinking and listening, to share our failures and successes, and to experience for ourselves work as the pleasure-driven life. Readings, short videos, and podcasts provide a common background for discussion. Class members are invited to apply the theory in their own lives, journal their reflections, and share and compare their observations. | Lecture (plus questions); Facilitated discussion; Viewing videos; Writing
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