Keith Weiss 4/15/10
Mr. Martinelli- English 9R Period 6
Mark Twain: Work and Play
According to Mark Twain s bestseller, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do. Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do. In other words, work is a demand, where as Play is a choice on one s part. One would compares work to play using modern day examples which includes paying taxes, the earthquake of Haiti, United States military, and . Paying taxes is every working American citizen s obligation. Failure to do so, or playing, can result in heavy fines or even incarceration. To protect a country, the president is obligated to have a deployment of soldiers or marines prepared to serve their country. However, non-drafted individuals can enlist into the military voluntarily. Recently, the earthquake in Haiti saw hundreds of thousands of doctors and citizens from all over the world descend upon the ravaged country to work relentlessly and volunteer in their efforts to help. This was anything but play, yet every person working in Haiti felt they had a moral obligation to help. No one told them they had to do it, but thousands did it anyway. People chose to donate millions of dollars as well even if they themselves had no money. This is why I believe Mark Twain s philosophy of obligation and choice blends together. There is definitely a fine line between work and play. Sometimes, the two are no so separate. Even In my own life, I see Mark Twain s ideas about work and play mix. I am obligated to do homework assigned by my teachers almost every day and I choose to do it so that I am permitted to indulge in my daily extracurricular activities like performing, singing, and dancing. They are my true passions, and I know I have an obligation to do the academics so I can achieve the success that waits.