I am amazed how much stock is put into “Doing things”. It is understandable that ‘doing things’ and ‘work is worship’ need to be out there as universal messaging , else we’d have farmers in hammocks and chemical engineers measuring the angles and velocities of spit-balls. You grow up with this messaging but at some point you start seeing the world more clearly, say when you get your first job.. So at best you end up embracing it as a necessary condition to function in a social ecosystem or at least know it while obfuscating it with some classic 1984 style double-think. This usually plays out as actually finding work that doesn’t seem like work or planning to find such work, sometimes perpetually. And well, sometimes a bit of both.
But to actually extend this belief to everything, say stamp-collection or gardening…. because to do things and to do them well gives one a feeling of contentment…Oh, I am all for you being a fabulous amateur photographer, or a brilliant negotiator of traffic, but to expect, even demand that out of anyone else…well that is beyond me completely
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