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Mon, Jul. 10th, 2006, 07:50 pm
A dirty keyboard; however to clean the keys?

How long to live?
Two to four score,
Maybe less, maybe more:
Make it worthwhile.

I've been thinking about what motivates people. We get bored, our parents or loved ones tell us to quit laying on the couch when we're young--I doubt we're conditioned, Skinner-style, into doing the things we do in life. If there isn't some worldly reason why we do them (death and taxes), we're enigmatically attracted to them. Do we even know what we do? For my part, I feel compelled by some force, a sort of spirit which I call an ahtman, when I'm at my most creative. So much of the rest feels like hapless planning and strange fortune.

Tue, Jul. 11th, 2006 06:23 am (UTC)

Don't forget doing them to take care of those we care about. Like working overnight so your child can get that toy they've been dreaming about for six months. Or to help a friend get the operation he or she needs. And then there's the work of, for example, doctors that do the operating to save thousands of lives a year. And most importantly of all, that someday the work that you've spent your life doing may somehow save the life, or the quality of life, of someone you care about.