The desire to attach our identity to a job, is a cultural phenomenon. You are not your job. “Jobs” are about survival. Your identity and self-worth have to come from within.

But it is possible to find a job that’s an important expression of who we are. One that improves our life beyond mere survival.

One of the advantages of modern life is that it enables us to try different paths and find one that’s best for us.

One of the drawbacks is that it can also give us an escape route, even when the last thing we should be doing is trying to escape. In other words, it’s more difficult to pay the dues necessary to get where we want to be, because it’s so easy to move on to something else. …

a) People living in ancient times had very little understanding of science, as the Scientific Revolution hadn’t occurred yet (it began approximately fifteen-hundred years after the New Testament was written, and thousands of years after the Old Testament). They had a tendency to explain natural phenomena as events orchestrated by God(s). For instance, if someone had an epileptic seizure it would likely be attributed to demon possession. If a storm killed a bunch of people, it was God punishing them for their disobedience. The Scientific Revolution dispelled many of such myths.

b) Ancient people often used metaphorical language and exaggeration to illustrate a point. The Jewish people in particular had a long tradition of using symbolic language. The Book of Revelation is case in point. It’s pretty far fetched to believe that the imagery described in that letter is literal (I used to believe it is). That letter contains symbolic language, not literal descriptions. …

Man in his/her natural habitat — the wilderness, doesn’t need endless entertainment. We only “need” it now, because we’ve become accustomed to it. As a result, we’ve lost touch with our true self.

There are many advantages to modern life. It has improved our lives in many ways. But it has also taken something very important away from us. Living in a concrete jungle is an unnatural existence. As is sitting at a cubicle or standing on an assembly line all day.

Whenever possible, turn off your entertainment devices. Whenever possible, get away from people and be close to nature. …


Dan Pedersen

Writing mostly to myself. Sharing some of it with you. Hope it helps.