chapter  20
Employing the Whole Man
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In hiring a worker one always hires the whole man. It is evident in the IBM story that one cannot ‘hire a hand’; its owner always comes with it. Indeed, there are few relations which so completely embrace a man’s entire person as his relation to his work. Work was not, Genesis informs us, in man’s original nature. But it was included soon after. ‘In the sweat of thy brow shalt thou eat thy bread,’ was both the Lord’s punishment for Adam’s fall and His gift and blessing to make bearable and meaningful man’s life in his fallen state. Only the relationship to his Creator and that to his family antedate man’s relationship to his work; only they are more fundamental. And together with them the relationship to his work underlies all of man’s life and achievements, his civil society, his arts, his history.