Modern “vocations” murder the spirit
January 24, 2015 § 52 Comments
A fairly typical comment in casual conversation:
“He was considering becoming a priest, but chose to pursue a career in medicine instead.”
The vocational alternatives to vowed religious life are not careers.
The vocational alternatives to vowed religious life are family life and bachelorhood/spinsterhood.
There is nothing wrong with these latter vocations: they really are the right place for those who are called to them.
And there is of course nothing intrinsically wrong with pursuing a career, just as there is nothing intrinsically wrong with building a house or working a farm.
But by overwriting the conceptual place reserved for vocations with careers, modernity takes one more step forward in its project of murdering the spirit.