"Manual labor to my father was not only good and decent for it's own sake but, as he was given to saying, it straightened out one's thoughts."
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Mary Ellen Chase
(1887-1973) American educator, teacher, scholar, and author
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 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Also your back - keeps one upright...
     -- Robert Edwards, Somewhere in Europe     
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     -- Jim K, Austin      
    The intrinsic value of manual labor can be highly over rated. Considering the taskmasters, the common laborer toils for today. From the top down, one might say, yes of course. But ! from the bottom up, it is a different view and story. I will not praise this woman for her rise to education. Promoting Nadiyb liberality. A poem by " Edward Markham " The Man with the Hoe." Bowed by the weight of centuries he leans upon his hoe and gazes on the ground. The emptiness of ages in his face. And on his back the burden of the world. Stolid and stunned, a brother to the ox ? " If one thing can be learned from manual labor, it is the value of True Liberty, especially when it is denied ! Let manual labor straighten out one's thoughts early, that they might seek Liberty from oppression !
     -- Ronw13, Yachats Or     
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    As long as the labor is voluntary ...
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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