We have to consciously choose to use our freedom well. I’m aware of few authors who put this more pungently than Annie Dillard. In her book The Writing Life she reflects on her work as a writer. “Putting a book together is interesting and exhilarating. It is sufficiently difficult and complex that it engages all your intelligence…It is life at its most free, if you are fortunate enough to try it, because you select your materials, invent your task, and pace yourself.” The freedom to create something new is the heart of exhilarating work, a fact, I would think, not lost on the Creator himself. To dream up a project, bring it to reality, and see its affect on others – this is meaningful work. Yet there is an ugly opposite to this creative work as well. Dillard writes, “The obverse of this freedom, of course, is that your work is so meaningless, so fully for yourself alone, and so worthless to the world, that no one except...Read More
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