We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
A reader made a point about job vs. vocation on Thursday's retirement post. I sort-of get that, and sort-of do not. All productive work is ennobling, I believe, whether for family, friends, customers, community, nation, or world. Job vs Vocation might be just a state of mind, an attitude. Whether killing or harvesting for food, or working in a cubicle, we all need to work profitably unless we and our family are fixed for life. Even then, many of us seek ways of being valuable.
People love this one. It's clever the way he replaced "life" with "light," as he was going blind when he wrote this sonnet. The "talent" refers to the parable of the talents - double meaning. But what does he mean by "wait"? When I was in high school, I imagined waiting on tables: waiting on table is surely valuable.
When I consider how my light is spent
When I consider how my light is spent, Ere half my days in this dark world and wide, And that one talent which is death to hide Lodged with me useless, though my soul more bent To serve therewith my Maker, and present My true account, lest He returning chide; “Doth God exact day-labor, light denied?” I fondly ask. But Patience, to prevent That murmur, soon replies, “God doth not need Either man’s work or His own gifts. Who best Bear His mild yoke, they serve Him best. His state Is kingly: thousands at His bidding speed
And post o’er land and ocean without rest; They also serve who only stand and wait.”
That was kind of my thought as well - there's a difference between standing around doing nothing and "waiting", waiting implies a watchful awareness and preparation for what it is you are waiting for. Not just soldiers, but police, firemen, EMT's, a lot of professionals we really would be better off if they were never needed but we rely on to be there when they are needed.