Professors and Jack-hammer Operators

Is there a difference between being retired and being dead?

Is there a difference between being employed and being dead?

It all depends, perhaps. Is your retirement deadly boring? Is your employment deadly meaningless? It all comes down to “calling” – the sense that one is called to something.

Eugen Rosenstock-Huessey

Eugen Rosenstock-Huessey

Social philosopher Eugen Rosenstock-Huessey noted how curious is was that in their leisure time professors read books and jack-hammer operators rode motorcycles. If it really was leisure, he said, the professors who worked with ideas would be riding motorcycles; the jackhammer operators whose ears were filled with noise all week would be reading philosophy, history or novels.

I think  need a motorcycle!

P.S. My audiologist said I have the ears of a 45 year old jack-hammer operator.

  • Gordon C. Stewart, Chaska, MN, Oct. 1, 2015

6 thoughts on “Professors and Jack-hammer Operators

  1. Gordon – you’ve done it again! That is, brought a smile (my daughter says it’s a smirk) to my face and review of the last several months of quietude and – dare I say it? – crashing boredom ! I’ve read Pride and Prejudice for the zillionth time (I do still love it!) and have begun sorting my attic stash toward Good Will and the trash heap (my kids shouldn’t have to do that upon my demise (not pending as far as I know!). I think perhaps I will write a book – everyone else seems to be – …..(grin and a wink!) Lynne


    • Hi, Lynne,

      So good to hear from you! And to know it brought a smile or a smirk. By the time we get to our age we believe one of two things: we know everything or we know nothing, and, in either case, we write! I’m more aware every day how little I’ve really known and how fleeting is much of what I presumed to know. Grin, wink, and write that book!!! Like you say, everyone else is doing it. Grace and Peace, Gordon


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