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The False Duality Between "Job" And "Service"


On Jul 10, 2017 david doane wrote:

 Many actions can be of service.  I define service fundamentalism as service done by obligation or rule, that is, it is based on should, have to, can't, must, and got to, all of which are positions or attitudes of obligation and are ways of telling ourselves that we are powerless and victims, which is likely to result in feeling resentment and depression.  What makes service virtuous is it being done freely, done out of choice.  Obligation is toxic.  The setting doesn't matter.  That is, it doesn't matter whether a person is on the job or unemployed or what kind of job a person has.  What matters is where the service is coming from.  Service out of obligation or rule lacks virtue and may even be toxic, and service out of free choice is virtuous and healthy.  For me, sacredness is wholeness, and wholeness involves freedom, so service that is in harmony with wholeness and done freely, is sacred service.  Knowing this helps me to avoid the trap of service fundamentalism.


On Jul 11, 2017 manoj wrote:

 service out of free choice is virtuous and healthy.  For me, sacredness is wholeness, and wholeness involves freedom, so service that is in harmony with wholeness and done freely, is sacred service.---very true,agreed

 

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