A Dilemma in the Workplace

At some point in their lives, people decide which job(s) they will pursue. External factors, such as job security and salary, often provide the impetus to select a specific job. However, internal factors, such as happiness and fulfillment, truly determine whether or not an individual enjoys his job. Likewise, every job has a purpose: to identify the criminal, to deliver pizza on time, to make scientific discoveries, etc. However, the real purpose of work lies beneath all of these: to serve and benefit the community. Although unique on the surface, each job is simply the means for an individual to best fulfill the real purpose of work. When an individual finds personal fulfillment in and upholds the real purpose of his work, he flourishes and continues pursuing his work. He not only produces tangible evidence of his labor but also feeds his soul and satisfies his search for meaning. Conversely, when an individual does not find personal fulfillment in his work and cannot understand how to uphold the real purpose of work, he withers yet does what he has to do to finish the job. He also produces tangible evidence of his labor yet damages his soul and wonders where he will find meaning, if at all. This exhibit portrays both the fulfilled and unfulfilled individual, with the first half corresponding to the former, and the second half corresponding to the latter.

Kay Stepkin, the director of a bakery cooperative, describes bread-making as a process of feeling. With her hands, Stepkin not only knows when the dough is done, but also "puts more of herself into it somehow" (Terkel 612).
Just as the interaction between the orange circle and the swirling particles creates an ethereal beauty, the balance between serving an individual passion with serving the community creates a unique fulfillment and happiness.
The five elements (metal, wood, water, fire and earth) exist in harmony because each element contributes equally to the overall image.
Both the translucent crystal and the clear glass represent the purity of Dr. Felix Hoenikker's scientific ambitions. Perceiving the world with a childlike curiosity, he "played" with ideas and devoted his time to turning those ideas into realities. Dr. Hoenikker "increased knowledge and worked toward no end but that" (Vonnegut 26).
The soul.
Water is meant to cleanse, yet the texture and color of the water convey an ominous feeling. Similarly, the Continental Op is meant to "clean this pig-sty of a Poisonville" (Hammett 42) yet employs some questionable tactics just to get the job done.
"I've got the fever. It's this damned burg. You can't go straight here" (Hammett 154). Just as flowers obscure the woman's vision, lies and violence blind the Continental Op and Private Bartle from perceiving their jobs as forces solely for good.
Twisted and confused. "None of it really seemed to matter much at all" (Powers 23).
Nancy Rogers, a bank teller, expresses that “it’s just little pieces of paper...unless [she’s] the one who’s taking the money out or cashing the check” (Terkel 346). Likewise, the Continental Op finds comfort in the concreteness of a certified check, rather than cash payment, as he further engrosses himself in the corruption of Poisonville.
Bartle tortures himself by "running all night through the things [he] remembered, then through things [he] did not remember" (Powers 135). The leaves represent these memories, which continue to haunt him long after his return from Iraq.
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