Sisyphus, from Bo Keely

October 30, 2014 |

 While walking through 25' tall grass in the jungle, I was put in mind of Sisyphus. I prefer a dry definition of work such as physics offers of a change in vertical distance, however Greek mythology offers an artful description. Sisyphus was punished for deceitfulness by being compelled to roll an immense boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down, and to repeat this action.

There are four types of Sisyphus work that I am familiar with, despite never having deceived anyone.

1. Digging a hole and filling it in. This was popular in poorly planned Michigan construction. Another example is the vet school instruction to spay Toms, and after the abdominal incision finding nothing to pull out. This type of activity is characterized by your work creating more.

2. Raking leaves in autumn. This is activity with immediate replacement of what was removed. It's worthless except for the workout.

3. Weeding a garden. The replacement item returns at a constant rate over time.

4. Shoveling snow. It is difficult to forecast when the work will be available again.

As for the jungle grass, the best is coming out again into the sunshine.





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