Tuesday, November 30, 2004 +


From Dorothy L. Sayers, The Mind of the Maker, “Postscript: The Worth of the Work”

The activity of creation is a primary human need. . . . A human need . . . is not necessarily the same thing as a public demand. . . . It is a short and sordid view of life that will do injury to the work in the kind hope of satisfying a public demand; for the seed of corruption introduced into the work will take root in those who receive it, and in due season bring forth its fearful harvest.

That the eyes of all workers should behold the integrity of the work is the sole means to make that work good in itself and so good for mankind. This is only another way of saying that the work must be measured by the standard of eternity; or that it must be done for God first and foremost; or that the Energy must faithfully manifest forth the Idea; or, theologically, that the Son does the will of the Father.