Flint and Steel
A BRIEF OVERVIEW
Flint & Steel is an annual publication that aims to live up to its moniker’s metaphor: we want it to spark thought and creativity. In curating a variety of ideas around a central theme each year, we hope to provide a chance for readers to think deeply about the things that affect all of us.
THE 2020 VOLUME – ON VOCATION, WORKING, AND LIVING
“So what do you do?”
These five words are the most predictable starting point of getting-to-know-you small talk in New Zealand. The question seems safe—not too intrusive—but it taps into a fundamental aspect of modern life and identity; assuming that how someone chooses to earn their living should tell us something about who they are.
So what’s behind this preoccupation with our occupation? This year’s volume of Flint & Steel considers the place of paid work in our lives, and the other places we look in order to find meaning and purpose. While the word vocation tends to bring to mind certain jobs or careers with a strong sense of identity—like nurses, accountants, firefighters, or lawyers—the concept is far more holistic. Our vocation finds expression in what we give to our relationships, the way we respond to challenges, through our efforts to build community, in the things we create, and even in our play.
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