Stupid and Ignorant?
By: Dan Miller

Are your daily activities still creative and
stimulating or have you fallen into a repetitive trap?

While driving through the Cotswolds of England on a
family vacation, I was reminded of the simple kinds of
work still being done by the people there. Many of
them raise sheep, shear the wool, and barter with
neighbors for products and services they need. Their
houses are quaint, with charming personalities, yet
simple and utilitarian. In early evening they may
meet with friends at the local pub for fish, chips,
peas, and a little ale. Their lives seem to be
uncomplicated, varied and full of meaningful family

In the rapid growth of the industrialized United
States, we have confused bigger with better, more
work with more "success" and in the process lost
many simple pleasures. Often our work is little more
than a paycheck - and may fall into a boring,
repetitive process, long since devoid of challenge and
appealing engagement.

As far back as 1776, Adam Smith saw the dangers of
moving in this direction. In his highly influential
Wealth of Nations, he wrote that a person who
spends his life performing the same repetitive tasks
tends to lose "the habit of exertion" and
"generally becomes as stupid and ignorant as
it is possible for a human creature to become."
Wow - now that's not a pretty picture.
Unfortunately, much of our "work" in this country has
moved us toward those boring, repetitive tasks. If
your daily tasks could be completed by a trained
monkey, watch out. You are at risk not only of brain
deadness; you also are highly at risk for being

Yes, it requires challenge to keep our creative
natures engaged, but where there is no challenge
there is a clear danger of stagnation or arrested

"A man can do nothing better than to eat and
drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I
see, is from the hand of God, for without Him, who
can eat or find enjoyment? To the man who pleases
Him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness,
but to the sinner He gives the task of gathering and
storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who
pleases God."
Ecclesiastes 3: 24-26 (HCSB)

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