The busy do not understand the un-busy. “Are you keeping busy?” they blurt, which leaves the un-busy three choices—to lie, prevaricate or stare fixedly ahead. The story of Martha and Mary is devoted to this tension. Jesus makes plain where his heart is.
Are you restless, anxious, awash in choices and arrangements, busy with calculations? Something is keeping you from the knowledge that there is nothing you need. Find out what it is. Blow it up.
It is devoutly to be wished that humans will be spared the ignominy of a return to normal. We can’t afford normal. Business as usual, often called progress, is what detonated this catastrophe.
There are a few idols to smash, a past to jettison, before we’re ready for Whitman’s question. “After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on—have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear—what remains?”
Outflow determines inflow. This is a spiritual law. It would be taught in business schools but for the fact that it’s completely inimical to a secular sense that insists the opposite is true.