Monday, 12 July 2010
People, our relationships to them, and our love for them really seems to define the meaning of being human. When there is a massive tragedy such as a school shooting, earthquake or flood, the horror of the loss of life was that they were friends and family and community members. Not to devalue anyone's technical skills, such as the world being short a great noble-prize winning physicist, but the real tragedy is the loss of their humanity, their love, not their vocations.
Speaking of vocations, this article in LiveScience news concurs: Survey Reveals Most Satisfying Jobs
*percentage who said they were very satisfied with their jobs
- Clergy—87 percent percent
- Firefighters—80 percent percent
- Physical therapists—78 percent percent
- Special education teachers—70 percent
- Education administrators—68 percent
- Painters and sculptors—67 percent
Now this is interesting, clergymen are the most satisfied out of all careers, even above creative professionals like artists and writers. And all the other front runners are people and/or service oriented jobs. No offense to engineers, but they don't make the list. Neither do lawyers, haha.
- Security and financial services salespersons—65 percent
And unsurprisingly, it doesn't correspond to how much money you make!
The conclusion seems to be that working with others and engaging in your humanity and with that of others is the most fulfilling thing you can do with your life. It's not shocking, but it really seems to be that loving your neighbor was one heck of a prescription for living a joyful life down here.
I don't mean though that technical jobs aren't necessary and valuable and worthy, just that if you have a technical career, you would probably find it more enjoyable if you related it to work with others.
How satisfied are you with your job, even if that's being a student? Why do you think clergy rank as the most satisfied with their jobs? Do you see your clergy members as satisfied?
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