Thursday, June 14, 2007

Sometimes a Great Posting

Every so often, I read a blog post and find myself nodding along enthusiastically. Terminal Degree wrote just such a post today, about working as a musician. Really, though, it could be about any sort of working and any sort of "calling" one might have.

I'm in awe. Go read it!!

I'm sort of a Hobbesian in one way: And the life of man, solitary, poore, nasty, brutish, and short.” Not so much about the religion thing, though.

Given that I think we're pretty nasty critters, and that most critters will do in whatever other critter in a nasty way given the opportunity without potential danger, I'm sometimes amazed that people do as well as we do. I come to a four way stop, and lo, pretty much everyone stops and takes their turn. It's truly amazing in some ways.

Nonetheless, (and back to TD's post, sort of) I don't think most people jump for joy at going to any job every day. We make compromises about what we're doing all the time. I guess I hope to try to be ethical in what I do, but I know I don't do so well at that all the time.

And yes, I'm aware of the difficulties of grounding an ethics without any sort of religion or diety thing.


  1. Although there are obvious problems in our world, I am frequently astonished at how unbelievably well we humans manage to make our systems work. It may be strange to celebrate the fact that most of us don't habitually slaughter one another, but it's pretty remarkable, really.

  2. JB, It is sort of amazing, isn't it?