Good Writing Is Not a Luxury

If there’s one thing that drives me bonkers (and there are actually about 53,429 things and counting), it’s when someone assumes that his own talent, hobby, or vocation is a moral issue for everyone else.  For instance, the women who loves decorating and cleaning and arranging is convinced that every wife and mother has a moral duty to put the beauty of her home over all other pursuits.  Or the guy who has conquered sloth and gluttony through serial triathalons is sure that the sedentary college professor is sinning because he doesn’t work out much.

Not so, hot shots.  God may be calling you to work out your salvation through one particular area of interest, but that doesn’t mean He’s calling everyone to the same thing.  Everyone has a vocation, a skill to develop for the service of God — but these skills vary as much as, of course, people do themselves.

Well, you can judge for yourself if I’m guilty of the same hobby-as-moral-imperative fallacy here when I say that it’s very important for Catholics to learn how to write.

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7 comments

  1. Excellent article, as usual, and thank you for calling out the “hobby-as-moral-imperative fallacy”. That attitude has caused no end of grief in my life (I can be entirely too impressionable), until I finally learned to put things into the perspective you outline here. Actually, I think you helped me form that perspective. 🙂

    And no, I don’t think you are falling into the same fallacy. Words *matter*. Language ability *matters*. In all walks of life, in all things, in all vocations. What else do we have that allows us to fully express ourselves, open ourselves, to those who share our journey? Thanks for saying it so well.

  2. I don’t think you are falling into the same fallacy. Words *matter*. Language ability *matters*. In all walks of life, in all things, in all vocations. What else do we have that allows us to fully express ourselves
    ipad case

  3. It’s really hard to break the childish habit of seeing yourself as the center of the universe. And it’s so hard to honestly assess your own faults. No one wants to be the sinner, even though we all are.

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