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Thread: Would You Continue in a Career That is Slowly Detrimental to Your Health?

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    Would You Continue in a Career That is Slowly Detrimental to Your Health?

    The question is simple would work at a career that is slowly killing you? Lets say it in a factory with fumes or a job that has high levels of stress. Stress being a severe health risk. Or it could be a job that has a lot of repetitive motions that could cause tendon damage or joint damage.
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    To some degree, this applies to just about every kind of work. What's interesting is why some people who have done the same kind of work end up living much longer than others. Why? Should people not enter a field because there is a greater risk of a shorter lifespan but without really knowing how they will fare in relation to the average worker? The thing is, does one really want to live life basing one's decisions on unknowns? Wouldn't it be better to commit oneself to something and giving it 100% effort and, if one dies in the process, so be it; but if one survives to an old age, there is a certain pride and contentment that one has for having done one's duty, so to speak. There are many men out there who work dangerous jobs and in poor conditions, fully knowing the risks and consequences; where would we be as a society without them, if they were more concerned about not getting black lung, losing life or limb? That said, I think many high stress jobs, being employed in law firms, corporations, sales, etc. is not real work; the work environment is artificial, negative and corrupting. I have never been interested in this work and have always avoided getting ensnared in it.

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    Good questions.

    To take into consideration also the above answer, I think doing something one really hates, in generally, is detrimental to one's health. If someone is doing a job which presents high risks, but if that person has the power to find joy in it, or maybe that person really enjoys doing it, I think this makes it less dangerous and less detrimental to their health.

    I once read an article about what kind of jobs do the healthiest and happiest people, and on one of the first places in the top was the construction work, with the respondents saying that they love to be outside while working. That can be quite a dangerous job...

    Yes, stress levels are higher nowadays is most jobs... but if someone enjoys what they are doing, I think it compensates with the stress level.

    Is there any job today which doesn't have any stress involved at all? I don't think so...

    Personally, I stopped many times doing jobs which were obviously detrimental to my health, with all the consequences of this. And I am glad I acted in this way, quitting the jobs which were putting my health in danger.

    Sometimes it's not only about the job itself, but also about the work conditions, about the employers, about the general work environment, including one's colleagues.
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