I just finished writing a prolifically short book review in which I stated that I was going to write something fun as a result of reading the book. I am a man of my word.
Every time I muster up the gusto to review my online banking and watch as my measly earnings fall like plinko chips into the “bills paid” tab, I get frustrated. Seriously frustrated. I often ponder what life would have been like had the industrial revolution not happened. Would I be living? If so, would I be a farmer, hunter or cattle driver? Would I be as worried about being financially stable?
I’m sure you’re in the same ideologic boat. But hold on, without the big buildings, boats, trains, planes and automobiles we wouldn’t have Macbook Pros, so the advantages surely outweigh the disadvantages, right?
The point I am (failing while) trying to make is this: money sucks.
Father Robert Barron mentioned in his Catholicism Series that the most arbitrary things in life are the ones that matter most. These trivial actions serve no particular purpose and are done for the sake of themselves which, in return, makes them more important, more meaningful than “justified” undertakings. Watching a game thus becomes more important than jaunting to the barbershop for a haircut. Sitting down for lunch with a friend is more important than cleaning the house. Writing in your blog is more important than working…
You see the dilemma? Of course you do, you experience it every day. We would all much rather participate in those meaningless, yet profoundly satisfying activities that we love so much. What stops us from doing them 24/7? Money.
We can’t live without money so, we must work. I won’t spend much more time on this because it depresses me (and you) but we must take into account the great blessing that work is. God has given it to us for our survival, so that we can complete the meaningless tasks we love so much. We should appreciate it as a means to prolong our love until we accomplish our missions and can spend eternity alongside Jesus doing them.
Here’s the kicker: we’re stuck here on earth for a while (especially the safely employed). As long as your job doesn’t involve exposure to toxic materials or strenuous/demanding physical feats of strength, your time to participate in the pointless joys of life are far greater than many starving people in the world who deserve it more than you. If you own a computer, for example, that purchase took more money than 80% of the people in the world make in an entire year.
I know, money sucks. But don’t let that hinder your talents. In fact, we’d be better off living simply and giving our money to those who need it so that they too can stop worrying about their survival and start thinking about their salvation.
You’ve been blessed with work and time to enjoy the pointless jubilations of life. Take FULL advantage of it and make it your priority to see that others have the same opportunity as you. Otherwise when we arrive at the pearly gates, St. Peter will be like:
*Note, if your name really is “Outcho Mind”, you’re totally in, so no worries.