What Is Labor, What Does It Mean?July 1, 2021
It is the conscious and useful work of man to change nature.
Humanization started with labor, some of them were separated from others and humanized in the historical development process of high-grade animals. Animal collects from nature; man, on the other hand, produces nature with his labor, changes it and rushes to its service. “Labor first,” says science, then the hand, language, and their product, thought. “Hand is a product of labor”, thought and its material skeleton, language, arose from the relations that people necessarily establish with each other in the labor process.
Labor has created man and human society, and as a result, it has created the human brain and consciousness. While man changed nature with his labor, he also changed himself. The process of change begins with being human as an animal, continues from the man with an ax to today’s atomic man who set foot in space, and it will continue to progress to far superior stages that cannot even be imagined. The essence and qualities of labor, which makes man human and dominate nature, are clarified with historical and dialectical materialist philosophy.
The historical adventure of labor is the adventure of human history. The emergence of man as a laborer, as a laborer who is free of all his other qualities except his labour, is the result of this historical adventure. The first property relation of man also starts with being the owner of his own labor, the existence of man independent of his productive labor is first of all the owner of his own productive labor. “Labor is the most genuine historical relationship between nature and therefore between the natural sciences and man. It is the understanding of labor as an external realization of basic human abilities that makes it possible to understand the human essence of nature, or the natural essence of man.”
Prepared by: Sociologist Ömer Yıldırım