Thursday, January 28, 2010

Thoughts on Work

Great thoughts from the essay "Why Work?" by Dorothy L. Sayers-
"No nation has yet found a way to keep the machines running and whole nations employed under modern industrial conditions without wasteful consumption."
 "A society in which consumption has to be artificially stimulated in order to keep production going is a society founded on trash and waste, and such a society is a house built upon sand."
" is not, primarily, a thing one does to live, but the thing one lives to do. It is, or it should be, the full expression of the worker’s faculties, the thing in which he finds spiritual, mental and bodily satisfaction, and the medium in which he offers himself to God." 
"In nothing has the Church so lost Her hold on reality as in Her failure to understand and respect the secular vocation. She has allowed work and religion to become separate departments, and is astonished to find that, as result, the secular work of the world is turned to purely selfish and destructive ends, and that the greater part of the world’s intelligent workers have become irreligious, or at least, uninterested in religion." 

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Longing for Another World

CNN recently reported on the depression experienced by some viewers of the blockbuster hit Avatar.  The report chronicles how some viewers and fans of film walked away depressed that Pandora (the fictional world depicted in Avatar) does not, and could not exist.      Some fans went so far as to express suicidal thoughts in the days following watching this movie.  One fan reports-

"When I woke up this morning after watching Avatar for the first time yesterday, the world seemed ... gray. It was like my whole life, everything I've done and worked for, lost its meaning... It just seems so ... meaningless. I still don't really see any reason to keep ... doing things at all. I live in a dying world."

Almost 60 years ago C.S. Lewis wrote in his masterpiece Mere Christianity "If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world."