Where did the Work Go?
It's really a shame that work has become...what it has become. So many occupations used to involve some form of physical labor. Today, although some involve more than others, much less manual labor is necessary.
Even professions traditionally thought to be labor-intensive have decreased a great deal in the amount of physical work required. For example, construction has become increasingly mechanized in the name of efficiency. I don't think anybody uses a wheelbarrow professionally anymore.
More and more jobs are unhealthily static. Many people sit in a cubicle or behind a desk or are simply in one place for most of the day.
There is a beauty in hard physical work. I think it's really beneficial not only to the body but to the mind. Being indoors all day contributes to stress and it is unhealthy to do as little physical work as most people, at least in America, do these days. This is an example of efficiency gone overboard. Sure, efficiency is good, but I don't think it's necessary to be as efficient as possible all the time, regardless of the effect.
So, the next time you have the opportunity to sweat, do so. The next time you catch yourself obssessing over efficiency, say: SCREW EFFICIENCY. The next time you have a choice to do something inside or outside, choose outside. Bureaucracy is icky.