So, What Do You Do?

07 Apr

One of my favorite quotes so far in Heart of Darkness involves work.   Good old-fashioned labor.  Vocation.   Marlowe’s work, for most of the novel, is to keep the steamboat in good working order, and headed to a destination.   It’s not easy at times, and maybe, it is the work that helps keep him sane in this very insane environment he is entering.     Here is a truth about work that we can all take to heart:

I don’t like work, – no man does – but I like what is the work, – the chance to find yourself.  Your own reality – for yourself, not for others – what no other man can ever know.  They can only see the mere show, and never can tell what it really means.

Deep down, we are lazy.   We’d rather avoid work when we are honest with ourselves.   But when get down to working, there is something there that is essential to what is our true self.   It is where we find our identity, our usefulness, even at times, our purpose.   Our work is who we are here on earth.

So, what do you do?   However you answer that today, I hope it brings you a measure of fulfillment.


Posted by on April 7, 2013 in Heart of Darkness


4 responses to “So, What Do You Do?

  1. Norma carey

    April 8, 2013 at 10:57 am

    I picked the same quote!

    • Jeannette

      April 8, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      How about that?!

  2. Christina Joy

    April 8, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    In my margin I actually wrote something like “This reminds me of Jeannette’s post about Levin and work.” Here’s the post for anyone who might have missed it:

    • Jeannette

      April 8, 2013 at 1:09 pm

      Great note-taking, Christina!


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