There are four labors of life: Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, and Spiritual.

  1. Physical labor is physical labor… regular old manual labor.
  2. Intellectual labor is the work we do in our minds…. mental manual labor.
  3. Emotional labor is the work of relationships; beginning, maintaining, and ending.
  4. Spiritual labor is the work of getting to know our Self.

When we are young it is easy to sustain ourselves on the manual labors alone; physical and intellectual. But, as we get older, if we do not perform emotional and spiritual labor, our labor first becomes our prison then our destruction.

It is obvious that a little intellectual labor changes the type and amount of physical labor we must do. However, doing a little emotional labor, changes the type and amount of physical and intellectual labor we must do. Furthermore, a little spiritual labor changes the type and amount of physical, intellectual, and emotional labor we must do.

A healthy and evolving civilization requires all four forms of labor, equal and integrated in application. Civilization crumbles when people look to only one form of labor, like manual labor, to solve all problems.

A healthy person can do all four labors when necessary.

A conscious person can choose the best labor in the moment they are in.