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The Madness of Doing: Are We Human Beings or Human Doings?

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October 14th, 2022

By Steve Taylor, Ph.D.

Guest writer for Wake Up World

Many people cherish a belief that there will be a time in their lives when they’re finally able to sit back and relax. After working hard for years, we’ll finally be happy with the level of success or wealth we’ve achieved, and feel entitled to rest and enjoy the fruits of our labour.

But it often doesn’t work like this. Most of us depend on activity in the same way that we depend on distractions like television. We use activity as a way of keeping our attention focused outside ourselves.

Not long after leaving university, I took a temporary office job, in the pensions department of an engineering firm. I did a number of dreary jobs around that time, but this was undoubtedly the dreariest. There was a small room in the office full of shelves packed with dozens of boxes of old pension forms—one for every person who had ever worked for the company. My task was to sort the forms into alphabetical order. There were thousands of them, and it took me two whole months.


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