What if we were never intended by the powers-that-be/source/God/LOVE to work for a living. If you want to take the Garden of Eden allegory as one example of this, you see that man was cursed to work after “the fall”.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau said, “It is too difficult to think nobly when one thinks only of earning a living.”
Tonight I had a great convo with my friend, Rick, about this very thing. Of course we were drinking “the Rick special” and testing our wit in a game of Khet while we talked, but we managed a great conversation nonetheless.
He read in a book he is working through something to the effect of, “One must first have serenity before clarity of thought”. (That wasn’t the exact the quote, but it is the gist of it…Rick, feel free to post the exact one in the comments.)
If this is possible, then what Rousseau said makes a lot of sense. We, especially in the western world, seem to spend so much time worried about and enslaved to money, hence, our jobs, that serenity is rarely experienced.
If that be the case, how can we ever expect to spend any time in clear, contemplative thought and awareness? Is there another way? Can we experience true serenity in the midst of our enslavement to work and money?