Why We Can’t Decide: Understanding the Vocations Crisis

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Unrepeatable, vocations crisis, unique calling
Glenn Tan



Luke Burgis and Josh Miller explain that there are three currents in today’s culture contributing to the crisis of vocations. If we don’t understand these currents, it’s easy to be caught in the riptide. But if we understand the problems facing our culture, we can better understand the vocations crisis and help cultivate each person’s unique calling.

First, we live in a culture of calculation. Numbers are increasingly important in our lives—from education and career choice to sports, we attempt to create the perfect outcome. With the idea of the perfect solution to every problem, we fall prey to the illusion of complete certainty. When it comes to making choices, we want unequivocal proof that our choice will make us happy.

Second, we live in a culture of disincarnation. We can explore the world from our computer, but looking is not dwelling, and it is in dwelling that we truly learn. In abstract, the disincarnate world offers almost limitless possibilities. But are theoretical realities always better if we become increasingly removed from what is real and immediately before us?

Third, we live in a culture of conformity. Our culture glorifies autonomy and individualism, and yet there is an alarming degree of sameness. Our very drive to be individual homogenizes us. In this atmosphere, we are often not free to imitate Christ, but forced to imitate others.

In this audio excerpt from Unrepeatable: Cultivating the Unique Calling of Every Person, Burgis and Miller address these issues. But they do more than just diagnose the problem: they offer a solution.