Sage and smoke

More often than not, it’s a question of energy. Rationing it out, determining which things are deserving of it.

I’ve seen it said that the 9-to-5 vampires it away, leaving us zombies. (Too many monsters in that last sentence? Maybe…) The breakthrough question is where did we spend it? More than money, time and energy are the precious resources. Witness how different the passage of time becomes when we devote ourselves to something we feel is worth the investiture. It might be a job, yeah. But usually it isn’t. Dedication to hobbies. What is that? We’re looking for the spark, the return on investment. The situation is constructed so that a paycheque is necessary, but it isn’t the return on investment. Hard work isn’t a virtue — it’s just another variable. There was a click, and it gelled: we all put the effort in when it’s something worth devoting ourselves to. And those worthwhile things are different for everyone.

The core values beneath the display. And it’s a process, digging down to find those virtues. We take them for granted because they’re in so deep. Generally speaking, we’re only encouraged to self-examine when we know where to look. Spend eight hours out in the grind and come home to pacify the rest with television, and I’d put significance in betting that there’s not a lot of real digging going on. Not to mention there’s far too much conflation between self-examination and self-flagellation. The self-examiner requires a razor edge, not a serrated steak-knife. The point is to unpack and analyze, not to perform a back-alley hack-job on the psyche. Take a deep breath and alchemize, the way Jung did.

Wandered off topic. Energy — and the flow of it — is the issue. Time. Dedicated time spent on a work is an equivalent to the energy invested. Value is fundamentally personal, and nothing of value can be created without that investment. Imbuing a creation or task with the essence of oneself. And these are the results that those who are aware of the relationship between investment and value will recognize. Using the terms of financial exchange for something that, at its base, is a matter of spirit tastes off. But vocabulary moves with societal values. Hm.

The house needs smudging… Datta. Dayadhvam. Damyata.

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~ by windigowinter on January 7, 2011.

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