Life and Work – Theory vs Practice and a Never-Ending Spiral
For all of us, life and work are inextricably interwoven and intertwined, with often unforeseen – but always interesting – consequences.
This self-composed text (not certain it qualifies as a bona fide poem) has been posted on the doors of all offices I have occupied in multiple countries on several continents, and still is (on offices doors in Kristiansand, Norway and Sofia, Bulgaria). It is a reminder that life (practice?) and work (theory?) (or is it the other way around?) are closely related, and that building order and preventing chaos, and – not the least – finding a meaning in it all, is a never-ending process.
As you may have seen, this text is available also in the Introduction to this blog. Together with the other text posted there, it speaks – perhaps – to my view of my own self, and how it has – perhaps – evolved over my personal and professional life.
In retrospect, I am beginning to wonder if this is a case of me choosing the text, or whether it is the text that chose me, and I am sure that my chosen education and practise as an anthropologist (again, it is a question of interpretation whether I chose anthropology or whether it was the other way around) has lots to do with it. In any case, this leaves me contemplating to what extent I subconciously – very likely not consciously – act and lead my life to live up to the essence of the text.
Lars T Soeftestad
(1) Image credit: Lars Soeftestad.
(2) Permalink: https://devblog.no/en/article/life-and-work
(3) This article was published 12 July 2019. It was revised 13 August 2019.