There's No Space for Gift

Peter Rollins on Almost Heretical:

You’re supposed to like your job, which is horrific. Not only do you have to work for somebody, you have to like it. You have to wear their t-shirts…It’s like, not only are you alienated, you have to deny that you’re alienated, which causes symptoms.

Because what is a symptom? A symptom tells the truth that you cannot tell yourself. So if you have to pretend that everything’s great, the symptom explodes. And of course we’re seeing the explosion of all these…I mean, fatigue is a very interesting modern symptom that you could say is a type of protest precisely against this weaving of everything into productivity. There’s no space for gift.

I’ve still picked up and started Cal Newport’s new book, Slow Productivity. He might be onto something, too. I need to finish this podcast and read that book, but I’m too busy trying to be productive.

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