Drawing blood and other passions

blood3There are some who hear about Copiosis for the first time who haven’t fully understood how it works, or who just refuse to see the elegant way things get done in Copiosis. These people often claim that if everyone followed their passion, they’d be sitting around watching tv, playing video games, creating art, surfing or some other past time. None of these things, they say, which produce any real societal value.

I strenuously argue against such statements, often giving my own life as an example. I am pretty much free to do whatever I want and what I do with my time is almost full-time working on things that make the world a better place.

But don’t take just my life as an example. Here’s another: I happen to overheared a conversation between “Susy”, a phlebotomist, who was speaking with someone else. At some point I had to interrupt because the conversation was so good.

Susy was telling her friend how much she “loved drawing blood”. Her friend, who apparently also worked in the field, was telling Susy how much Susy had been complimented on her skills. It was a funny conversation to overhear.

I asked Susy about her love of her work. She said she always wanted to do this kind of work. She feels when she does this work that she is living her calling. I was kind of freaked out that someone would “love” drawing blood, but then it hit me: There are people out there in the world whose passions are tied to doing what some people might think are pretty ordinary jobs. I remember dating a woman whose passion was serving people meals in a restaurant. She took great pride in presenting meals, serving her customers and demonstrating a “professional” level of service as she collected dirty dishes at the end of the meal. Yes, there are even people whose passions cause them to “get off” on serving others. Imagine that!

There are as many passions as there are people on the planet. Not everyone, once freed from earning a living, will become painters and musicians or poets. Some people will still want to start companies, invent things, work the land, conserve the environment. No. You don’t have to “motivate” people to do this work by restricting necessities and forcing people to be “productive” so they can “earn” those things.

People’s passion span the range of human endeavor. It’s time to free humanity and let it do what it loves to do.

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