Here’s a question I never thought I’d ask: What is the spiritual significance of the Old Testament detail that Noah built the ark in his own backyard? Well, two things. First, if you are doing what you are supposed to be doing, you’ll need no help doing it. To underline that point, Noah was 500 years old when he set to work. On top of that, the entire neighbourhood thought he was nuts. Second, if you’re all about saving the world, you don’t need to go anywhere. Bloom where you’re planted.
“Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness.” The archly eloquent polymath Thomas Carlyle wrote that, envisioning work more as a response to a high calling than an eight-hour clock-block of tedium punctuated by episodes of grinding aggro.