What appeals to me about these words of David Orr is the way in which they shred the dominant discourse’s marketing of what constitutes success: the attainment of a higher social status, the achievement of a goal, maybe academic success, the opposite of failure. I do not want to be a failure, therefore I must be successful – there is no other choice – apparently.
This quote makes me think about why am I doing the things I am doing. Am I doing what is expected of me (from the dominant discourse) or what is good for the world right now (a very still and yet small voice)?
Does what I am doing right now bring peace and contentment? If it does not bring peace and contentment, what does doing what I am doing bring?