In the Schooner “work and leisure,” humanity mans the deck. But these sailors find themselves in a quandary, because humans cannot properly navigate this spirited ship. In a perpetual night, life-sailors gasp air, never finding the rope-ladder to mount the mast and spot enemies or refuge. Standing behind the ship, as life sails past, humanity indulges in every wind of entertainment or pleasure. After a time, life-sailors jostle to the bow, mapping the ship’s course down to every nautical detail. Working and working, these seamen indulge in it, advance in it, and race for prestige in labor. Whatever stands in their way, these mariners navigate straight through the shallows, often pushing through with oars. However, these sailors will never spot an enemy ship or a cove of refuge, because they have never climbed the mast to see open sky and sea. They swing to the poles of excessive work or excessive pleasure, never discovering balance.
Tragically, many people live in these separate poles of life, never finding balance. On the one hand, people fly to leisure to sate desires. Work functions for them solely to provide leisure. Receiving derision, jobs simply carries one to the weekend where real life occurs. Souls become week-end warriors, living for pleasure and play.
On the other hand, addicted proletarians toil like alcoholics imbibe spirits. These commonly take the name, “Workaholics.” Mr. Workaholic pinpoints his identity and his self-worth by the job in which he labors. He smashes through anyone or anything in work-drunk rampage. Relationships fracture under the tyranny of Mr. Workaholic’s craving to succeed.
The inhabitants of this blue earth live both lives, but both lives do not satisfy. Because of this tragedy, serious questions loom over work, leisure and play.
I hope to explore some of these questions and relate how the Bible wants us to work, have leisure, and play over the next few days. Come back in a couple days for Part II.