Many people complain having too much work to do and not enough time to get everything done. Others would like to be busy with work, but having none are wondering what to do with all their free time. Some find their work boring, always fretting, while others who have worked don't know how to use leisure time when it comes. With this kind of thinking it is not difficult to see how the happiness of our citizens is affected. A seminary professor, in the Kyeongyang magazine, writes about the problems that come when there is no joy in what we do.
though the workweek has been reduced to a five-day, forty-hour week,
Korea is still known as a country addicted to work. A Korean
psychologist is quoted as saying we have more leisure time than in the
past, but many do
not know how to use their leisure in a constructive way, such as
know themselves, being creative and communicating with others. The
increase of leisure in society often results, the professor believes, in
creating more disorder in our lives.
couples in their middle years, once too busy working to find time for
now with the increase of leisure are faced with conflict and divorce.
Young people also have more leisure to enjoy the single life; marriage
is put off as the partners easily accept
living together, without any interest in having children. This type of
logic, he says, is not improving the quality of life. More leisure time
is an opportunity for consumer enterprises to reach more people with
their pleasure-based commodities, giving us even less true joy in life.
kind of thinking has
also come into the religious life. The young children attending Mass do
not know what is going on and the expression on their faces shows that
they are not interested in knowing. If it's not fun, they're not
interested. Adults have also been
infected with this same spirit. The cultural code of society has
our appreciation of holiness and the sacred. The repeated Masses and
sermons and the problems with members of the community take their toll
the faith life of the Christians. Men at work and throughout society
bombarded with the ever-present commercialization of sex, making
temptation ever present, and the accepted moral teachings a burden.
professor asks if it's possible to make the religious life fun. Or is
it rather more like adding a necessary duty to our life? To the
individual of our society, the religious life is a hindrance to enjoying
the freedom of human existence. And to merely stress its necessity for a
fulfilling life, lacks persuasive power. What is needed, says the
professor, is a way to show the attractiveness of the
of those who enjoy their life as Christians are easily found, and
should be the examples presented to our Christians, he says. The
spiritual life is one of great joy and
this has to be expressed in sermons and programs, with priests and
pastoral workers obviously in the forefront, showing this joy in
the way they relate with the Christians. If we are filled with the Holy
Spirit this should be shown by the joy we experience in our daily lives.
And the more familiar we
become with the way God works in us, the deeper will be our experience
of this joy. It may very well be necessary, the professor believes, to
teach the various methods of finding joy in our religious life as
society is in explaining their techniques in finding happiness in the