Sunday, May 03, 2009

How Productivity Can Grow Out of Brokeness

'Despair and a sense of loss are not static conditions, but goads to our labor.'
--philosopher and Harvard professor Stanley Cavell


At 2:50 PM, Anonymous Mike Q said...

With all due respect to Stanley, I think he's nuts, at least where the "labor" is writing. A dark mood rarely inspires me, but maybe it's my Irish heritage. We try not to let anything distract us from our melancholy.

At 2:58 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

I like that last sentence, Mike. There's much truth in that, I think. And yes, writing is a whole different kind of labor for most people, different than just about any other kind of work. It takes a mix of inspiration and perspiration, but the ratio between the two can be quite different for different people. And of course age plays into that quite a bit as well. So point taken.


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