Tomorrow is ascension day (it has something to do with some dead religious guy, don’t really know (ok, I actually do, I just don’t care)). A national holiday. And I’ll be spending it at work.First, I’m very happy that I can plan my own work, even if it is a national holiday (one of the sucky ones though, so I’m not missing out). Sure, not working is great, but I just have to finish something!
Which is silly!
I work at a bank for crying out loud. What could possibly go wrong (in the bigger scheme of things) if I did not build some formulas in Excel, did not copy-paste the resulting pictures to Powerpoint and did not E-mail them round.
I’m confident that nobody would die. I’m quite sure that nobody would even eat a bite less. Though some people might lose some sleep over it… Me, for one…
There is this thing called “sense of responsibility”. And I’ve got it aplenty (too much perhaps?) I said I would, so I’m going to do it (dammit!).
Nobody would die or get hurt if I don’t. But people may be disappointed if I don’t do as I said. And we’re hardwired to dislike disappointing about as much as getting physically hurt.
Which (in the bigger scheme of things) is very handy. It means that we do stuff even though (on a micro level) they are silly (like building Excel formulas).
Though our society isn’t (exactly) built upon people pushing numbers back and forth in spreadsheets, it is one of those tiny cogs that keeps the big machine running smoothly. Sure, we could do without a lot of those tiny cogs and nothing bad would seem to happen (for a while). But at some level, they do add up (pun intended).
Yes, it’s indirect. Yes, the world could do without me in particular. But me and you and the rest of the world do help (in our own tiny way) to keep things ticking along. So that (somewhere down the road) people get to eat.
Even better: Those people are you and me!
I’m Bastiaan. I write this blog to give you some insight into the things I run into and perhaps to inspire you to go in search of your own life extraordinaire.
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