The ultimate career

I loved stumbling upon this CS Lewis passage today:

“I think I can understand that feeling about a housewife’s work being like that of Sisyphus (who was the stone rolling gentleman). But it is surely in reality the most important work in the world. What do ships, railways, miners, cars, government, etc., exist for except that people may be fed, warmed, and safe in their own homes?

As Dr. Johnson said, ‘To be happy at home is the end of all human endeavor.’ (1st to be happy to prepare for being happy in our own real home hereafter: 2nd in the meantime to be happy in our houses.)

We wage war in order to have peace, we work in order to have leisure, we produce food in order to eat it. So your job is the one for which all others exist.”

I’ve also seen this paraphased: The homemaker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only—and that is to support the ultimate career.

A beautiful perspective.

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