Value of Work

I have recently finished reading Pinocchio aloud to my children.  It was actually a very interesting and fantastical little book, and the children enjoyed it very much.

There were several quotes that I wanted to share from the book.  They were several ideas that are great for character development, and show some of the wonderful themes in the work.

One of the most important themes that Collodi explores is the theme of the value of work.  Pinocchio is given the important duty of obeying his father and going to school in the book, and when he shirks that duty bad things happen.  In fact, Pinocchio’s whole adventure may be seen as how life goes wrong when you refuse to do what you are supposed to do.

Collodi’s ideas about the value of work can be summed up in this quote that Pinocchio reflects upon as he considers his father’s advice about the poor.

The really poor in this world, deserving of compassion and assistance, are only those who from age or sickness are no longer able to earn their own bread with the labour of their hands. It is the duty of everyone else to work; and if they will not work, so much the worse for them if they suffer from hunger.

If this quote sounds familiar, it is because it echoes Paul’s words in 2 Thessalonians 3:10.

For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

So, I would say that this is a very good lesson to pass on to your children, and it was great to see it passed on in story format.  Sometimes my children absorb it better that way!


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