I’m reading an article that a friend shared with me. I’m not done yet but there are several thoughts running through my head as I read it.
I hope that I won’t regularly cop out on writing substantive articles and instead simply repeat what others have said. Nevertheless:
- Do people not recognize merit anymore? Can good no longer speak for itself? Must it be dressed up for one to recognize it?
- The Scourge of business. I once heard a wry statement about it by (whom I consider because of this) a wise man by the name of Hugh McKay:
Busyness has become the new badge of honor — if you’re not busy you must be dead. Or an a scrapheap. If you’re not busy you must have fallen victim to the demon drink or gone to the dogs. Not busy? Good grief. What a Loser.
If we all stay busy, if we cling to each other in this desperate dizzy dance, none of us will notice what’s actually happening to us. And we’ll all be dead before we realize it.
Or as one Washington Post article puts it,
Early 1900’s British philosopher and mathematician Bertrand Russell once proposed a four-hour day, his point being that with a bit of reorganization, this would guarantee enough work for everyone, and also allow us to turn our minds to the wiser use of leisure and the enrichment of our lives
His observation, way back in 1935, was that people were working such long hours that they were too tired to enjoy active and civilizing leisure pursuits, so they fell into passive forms of recreation – going to the cinema, watching sport, listening to other people play music.
Nothing much has changed, huh – except arguably the mediums-nowadays. Today it’s all about home cinema-huge flat screen televisions; pay TV, computers, playstation and ipods. Independent cinemas like The Valhalla, Chaveul and Footbridge theaters have all recently closed.
It should also be noted that this notion of repeated in Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life in his Chapters about what true fellowship looks like. One of the biggest killers of true fellowship is lack of openness. In Ortberg’s The Life You’ve Always Wanted, the character of hurrying kills our love for each other and reduces us into these mindless automatons. Then we wake up one and realize that we’ve done nothing but scurry around. Most people call it a midlife crisis. I am yet still shy of 20 and I think I’ve had one of those already. Ah well. My physics professor has always said,
There are 2 kinds of people in the world: Idiots who know they’re idiots and bigger ones who don’t
At least I’m aware of the presence of a problem. That’s a start. Take a moment to consider the things that have been lost upon you because of your rush. It’s not to say doing things unbearably slowly is better, but to simply sweep everything else out of the way without giving it a glance is something sad indeed. Take a moment to consider the things that you have missed in your hurry. At least stop and take a look around. You might be surprised what meaning there is in not hurrying
For His Glory,