The Maxims Of Ptah-Hotep

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While looking the Maxims of Ptah-hotep there was one that captured my attention more than any of the rest. The maxim goes as follows, “One who is serious all day will never have a good time, while one who is frivolous all day will never establish a household.” This advice was written over a thousand years ago and still holds true by standards today. This can be seen throughout our lives starting from when we are children being frivolous all day, and when we first become adults and life gets over the top serious. Balance is truly the key but as you will see; life is more like a teeter-tater. What is it to be a child? Playing is the primary responsibility. Childhood is broken up into three stages early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence. …show more content…
In order to better understand the impacts that each has on our life we must better understand what it is to be a workaholic and what it is to be a slacker. A workaholic is more likely to excessively work and is obsessive about the job they are doing. It is not a bad in all aspects; the workaholic does have an advantage in that job because they are going to put more time and effort into it which will allow them to get more accomplished with their time. The down is that by putting in all that extra time in a job that you miss out on social opportunities and family. These can be neglecting a spouse or forgetting your child’s school event. A workaholic will have an edge in the work place however their social life has to absorb the burden. This is a good example of how the first part of the maxim is supported. One who is serious all day will never have a good time. If your life is all about work you will miss out on the important things in …show more content…
Now a slacker on the other hand is the opposite of a workaholic. The bare minimum is the goal of a slacker. This person has no desire to or will to get out and make things better for themselves. They don’t arrive early or work a minute past close of business. There are satisfied with what they have and know that they will not get anything extra. It doesn’t take a scholar to see that a person with this attitude will not get far in life. This easily proves the second part of the maxim: one who is frivolous all day will never establish a household. When I first read the maxim of Ptah-hotep, I instantly thought that a balance is the answer. The more I read it I realized that there was no question. It is just a statement. There is truth in it, but it is not to find balance which seems like the easy idea to recognize. In your life there are going to be a series of ups and downs. The idea is not to find a balance but to ride the waves and enjoy life. If you can recognize the lows they will not feel so low and when you’re on top of wave stay there for as long as possible. Neither aspect can be eliminated but they can both be embraced. I think the maxim was only said to open our eyes to an inevitable

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