There have been a lot of stories about how busy we are. Modern technology–computers, cell phones, and Ipads–were supposed to make our lives easier, but instead give us more opportunity to work. So much of our busyness is connected to technology that I did not really consider it a problem in times before our own. This is why Soren Kierkegaard’s Purity of Heart Is To Will One Thing surprised me.
Kierkegaard, a 19th century Danish theologian and philosopher, noted that people were too busy in his own time. But the problem he confronted was not a lack of leisure, but a lack of thought.
How often do you consider right and wrong? I used to sit and contemplatively pray about my actions, trying to decide if I had done right in a day. Now, I fill my time with work, coffee roasting, video games, television shows, and some occasional reading. I never sit for 30 minutes and consider if I have behaved righteously, or analyze a moral problem: I need to play Monster Hunter Tri.
Everyone knows that we need to do good, but I realize that I need to think about what good is. Granted, many people often know what is right, but simply fall through temptation. But how many days might have been used for good if we had simply paused for a few minutes to consider our actions and plan our responses?