John Paul II talks about work as a means as a way of fulfilling God’s commandment to subdue the earth. What does “subdue the earth” imply? Has subduing the earth made the earth more sacred or less sacred? Could the purpose of the command be to make the earth more or less sacred? Does the command imply a hierarchy between human beings and the earth and if it does, what does that hierarchy imply? What does he mean when he says “only man is capable of work”?
Use these questions as prompts to construct a short essay of between 350 and 400 words.