Yesterday I was reviewing JupyterCon's proposals and one of them mentioned that the life motto of the author was a passage in the bible: Gospel of Luke 12:48. Lately I've keeping my Bible with me at all times so I decided to read it. It goes like this:
"Se espera más del que se le ha dado más. El que tiene más privilegios, tendrá más responsabilidad".
Or in English:
"It is expected more from whom there was given more. Who who has more privileges shall have more responsibilities".
I personally have been blessed with more than a lot of people in Earth. Some days I feel I am up to the responsibility, but some days I am not. I am working to reduce the number of days of the latter. It is hard nonetheless.
Even if you aren't a religious person, the passage is great. It resonates with the words of Marcus Aurelius in his Meditations:
At dawn, when you have trouble getting out of bed, tell yourself: “I am rising to do the work of a human being. What do I have to complain about, if I’m going to do what I was born for—the things I was brought into the world to do? Or is this what I was created for? To huddle under the blankets and stay warm?” — But it’s nicer here …
So were you born to feel “nice”? Instead of doing things and experiencing them? Don’t you see the plants, the birds, the ants and spiders and bees going about their individual tasks, putting the world in order, as best they can? And you’re not willing to do your job as a human being? Why aren’t you running to do what your nature demands? — But we have to sleep sometime… Agreed. But nature set a limit on that — as it did on eating and drinking. And you’re over the limit. You’ve had more than enough of that. But not of working. There’s still more of that to do.
You don’t love yourself enough. For if you did, you’d love your nature too, and what it demands of you. People who love what they do wear themselves down doing it, they even forget to wash or eat. Do you have less respect for your own nature than the engraver does for engraving, the dancer for the dance, the miser for money or the social climber for status? When they’re really possessed by what they do, they’d rather stop eating and sleeping than give up practicing their arts. Is not then your labor in the world just as worthy of respect and worth your effort?
You are here to do something according to your nature and privileges. Get up and do it. Make yourself worthy of respect.