Happy Mani’s Day
The heart and soul of industriousness is having a strong purpose. Working with a purpose in mind usually means better work that is also done with a lot more joy. Building something or accomplishing a goal that lines up with an overall purpose gives great satisfaction to any person.
My atheism does not change much here other than the purpose I have is not defined by anyone else. The only one who can define this is me. No gods, no masters. Just me being in charge of my life’s purpose and executing it through hard work.
I can, as Asatru encourages, enjoy work for work’s sake. I do find some joy in trying to approach any job trying to do it in a way that is more efficient than last time. There is however a need now that I am no longer a pastor and Christian to redefine my purpose and make it strong. I have been engaged in this for some time but I think I am getting closer to fully understanding my purpose now.
To the Wolves and Ravens:
“Feed the Wolves, but Listen to the Ravens first.”
I need purpose so my work has focus. Industriousness might tell me to work hard for the simple understanding of survival but there is prosperity I am after as well. Not just a prosperity of possessions but the prosperity of mind and heart I am after as well. There was a day in 2018, I thought I had found it and I have never felt more on top of the world, then it was gone. I need that back again.
I want this because it keeps the Grey at a distance and allows me to look at life in a more positive light. Talent gets beat my hard work if the talent does not work hard. At the same time talent coupled with hard work is unstoppable. I need to find my talents outside ministry and embrace them and work hard to make them work better. I think writing is one of them, but I think I have others. I want to discover them and make them work for me.
I guess the biggest thing about being a person of reason is to note that those who are successful in some way work hard. Even if you were born with the highest level of privilege in life, it isn’t going to be better or larger unless you work hard to make it so. It takes thinking and vision to make something better otherwise it just stagnates and dies.
The wisdom of working hard is noted in probably every philosophy and religion of note. However, like many things, this is simply those philosophies and religions borrowing something man has discovered by living life. Industriousness, as a virtue, works as hard as it demands you work.
I don’t have a problem working hard even as an atheist. My struggle is after so long letting another philosophy tell me what my purpose was, I now have to figure it out for myself. I do however think the answer is found in working hard to find it. Not hoping it falls out of the sky. I suspect once I have found it, it will be the most wonderful thing for me.
The Rabyd Skald – Wandering Soul, Bard, and Philosopher. The Grey Wayfarer.