what do we want?

Todd Bumgarner has a quote from Os Guinness that we all need to ponder long and hard.

[E]ven if we can do what we want, the question remains: What do we want? The near-omnipotence of our means of freedom doubles back to join hands with the near-emptiness of our ends.  We do not have a purpose to match our technique.  So, ironically, we have the greatest capacity when we have the least clue what it is for. Which makes us vulnerable to all the “expert services” whose “self help” methods promise us everything we crave, but end in delivering to us new forms of constraint – and charging us for them.

–Os Guinness, The Call (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson), pp 22-23.


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