Does the religious life require leisure,
or the idleness of the leisured class?
Certainly, those classes have always held work to be degrading.
It is easy to see why.
Modern labour, predominantly indoors and sedentary can educate one into disbelief.
The past two-hundred years have shown us how work in heavy industry
is wont to render refinements of the soul redundant.
A generation or two after any revolution of this sort
and the very term ‘religion’ elicits only a dull, uncomprehending stare.
But could there be a correlation between religious sentiment and the natural life?
Most traditional deities slot seamlessly into the seasonal round.
And work in this realm serves to remind one of the greater cycles that govern existence.
One of which, it may be argued, is… religion.