All in Society

Now, make no mistake, work ethic is important. Doing good quality work is vital. But work should not be the defining thing in our lives. We are meant to be so much more than our work and what we do. We are beings so beautifully creative, diverse, and talented; that just to be regulated and remembered for our work seems to fall short in the grand scheme of things.

Without sounding like a Luddite, I have to agree with Lady Gaga’s sentiments she made on a late night talk show recently when she stated that social media is the “toilet of the internet”. But when I got to thinking about this statement more, I realized that it isn’t social media itself that is the problem... but something attached to social media platforms...

I would argue that work is different than purpose. Work is something you do to provide for your basic needs and/or the basic needs of others. Purpose is what you are passionate about and how you want to live out that passion. The greatest thing one can do is merge these two realities together. That makes work less of a drudgery and more of a pleasure. But how do we find the epicenter of these two realities?

We live in a society where we are so far from the idea of civil discourse that we find ourselves deeply entrenched in our own sphere of comfort. Now, there is nothing inherently wrong with finding a community where you feel safe, loved and valued in; but at the same time if you don’t have a good grasp on what is going on around you, then there is no way you can be effective in knowing how to react to the issues we face as a culture.