I write this in the spirit of dialogue, engaged conversation, and listening to (and investigating) all sides of an argument.
First, thank you to those who took the time to read "...but do you work?" I'm overwhelmed by your responses!
"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." ~Confucius
"Ideally, you are supposed to be 'at play' when you are 'at work'. If you fit this ideal, you are doing something right. Work doesn't have to be depressing..." ~ from a minister
I completely agree! Thanks for responding!
Yes, I love what I do. I am engaged and challenged physically, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually. But it still requires hard, difficult work. And no, I don't love every minute of it. Ultimately, what this "...but do you work?" question raises is a much larger topic/challenge/question of what is valued in our society/ culture and how things that are valued are supported and encouraged.
"those research scientists... i struggle with this everyday... they forget - 'What Artistic and Scientific Experience Have in Common - Where the world ceases to be the scene of our personal hopes and wishes, where we face it as free beings admiring, asking, and observing, there we enter the realm of Art and Science. If what is seen and experienced is portrayed in the language of logic, we are engaged in science. If it is communicated through forms whose connections are not accessible to the conscious mind but are recognized intuitively as meaningful, then we are engaged in art. Common to both is the loving devotion to that which transcends personal concerns and volition.'~Einstein" ~from a neuro-scientist and dancer
Please, let's keep the conversation going!
(I Google-ed images for "dancing brain", and got some strange findings. Instead of some weird, cartoon-ish brain with arms and legs, I'm leaving you with these images from Ashley Penrod's "Tree Brain". Photos by Bill H.)