Well I’m back from my trip south. The weather was cooler than we would have liked (all the Uber drivers commented on it), but it was nice to visit a state we hadn’t been to before. I’m a fan of the Southern drawl and regret being raised in New York.
I see that Kaiju was here for a little blog therapy. The concept of “meaningful work” is an interesting one. I know when I’m working hard, I often long for a lull and for things to slow down so I can do a little reading and writing.
Yet when you’ve got little to do at work, the joy of having “free time” fades quickly. At my last job I had quite a few afternoons spent trawling the news and studying. Even trying to spend your time productively can be a downer when your skills aren’t being properly utilized by your employer. Still, I sometimes miss being able to read blogs all day.
I guess the grass is always greener.
It’s been a while since I talked about what podcasts I listen to; I’ll be doing an update with a couple more recommendations soon. But I wanted to briefly mention the Ben Shapiro show, which has become one of my regular listens. The guy is young, religious, very conservative, and hyper-intelligent. He’s a bit of a pessimist, too, which is right up my alley. If you’re a righty into politics, you should definitely check him out.
On yesterday’s episode, he talked about how Trump supporters (yup, it’s been a few posts since we went there) long to be ruled, and how people having competing desires for freedom and security. The people cry out for a king, a ‘la the book of Samuel. So let me leave you with a little holy text to contemplate:
4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, 5 and said to him, “Behold, you are old and your sons do not walk in your ways; now appoint for us a king to govern us like all the nations.” 6 But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to govern us.” And Samuel prayed to the Lord. 7 And the Lord said to Samuel, “Hearken to the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them. 8 According to all the deeds which they have done to me,[a] from the day I brought them up out of Egypt even to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are also doing to you.9 Now then, hearken to their voice; only, you shall solemnly warn them, and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them.”
10 So Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking a king from him.[b] 11 He said, “These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen, and to run before his chariots; 12 and he will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and some to plow his ground and to reap his harvest, and to make his implements of war and the equipment of his chariots. 13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14 He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive orchards and give them to his servants. 15 He will take the tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers and to his servants. 16 He will take your menservants and maidservants, and the best of your cattle[c] and your asses, and put them to his work. 17 He will take the tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves. 18 And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves; but theLord will not answer you in that day.”