Status-Seeking Must Be Fought Anew in Every Generation

When I teach, I preach. I thump the Bible. I exhort my students morally. I talk to them about the dedicated life. I often get very choked up. It just seems so important to tell them to give their lives to something larger than themselves - to literature or peace or heling others or the life of the senses. Status-seeking must be fught anew in every generation. the dedicated life is the life worth living. You must give with your whole heart.
— Annie Dillard
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Tim Schaaf