Work and Meaning

On Master Chef Australia tonight (24 May 2017) a lawyer, an engineer and a doctor had to create a winning dessert to try and avoid elimination from the cooking contest/reality show. All three must have undergone years of training, schooling and working experience to become members of these stock migrant professions. It’s a cliché but being a lawyer, engineer or doctor is indeed the dream jobs many parents have for their children. They are highly respected, important and worthy professions. After all, sooner or later every person would need the advice and assistance of all of three professions.

Ironic then that all three of the professionals mentioned above had at some point or other proclaimed or demonstrated that “food is my passion” and each has a “food dream” of some sort or other. What struck me was how despite the status, earnings and enormous amounts of capital spent to train them all three individuals have willingly relinquished and sacrificed time with their children and family to be part of a completely different industry.

Why is there such a deep disconnect between the jobs we train for and the jobs we want? That kind of work that gives meaning to our lives? Is it the conflict between the urge to choose profession that will provide a good living and the so-called bad advice telling people to follow their passion? Perhaps that’s why watching the series made me think of the recent article I wrote for Eureka Street titled, The Work of Disobedience, makes so much sense to me.