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A sense of purpose

I hate looking for a job. It's one of the reasons I keep holding on to shitty jobs longer than I should; it's such a pain to send out resumes, go on interviews, try to sell myself to someone for the sole purpose of making enough money to afford to live. I rarely feel like what I do at work is important, or even serves any purpose.

Which is why I'm so excited about one prospective job I applied for yesterday: exhibit maintenance at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

It seems like I grew up in museums. Everywhere we went when I was a kid, we visited museums, art galleries, aquariums, zoos, no matter how big or small, we checked them out. From the Smithsonian in Washington DC to Bear Country USA in South Dakota, I've seen them.

Not to mention the fact that I grew up in Chicago, the museum capital of the known universe. Say what you will about other cities; in Chicago, you can walk from dinosaur bones to models of the solar system and check out Van Gogh's Self Portrait along the way. The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, Field Museum of Natural History, Shedd Aquarium, and Adler Planetarium together account for much of my love of science, and learning in general.

I'd love to be a part of instilling that kind of hunger for knowledge in kids, at any level. It's absolutely vital, especially as we seem to be sliding back to medieval ways of looking at the world, that we not let Sagan's "candle in the dark" go out. Science museums, real science museums, are absolutely critical to our survival as a species. I truly believe that.

I. WANT. This. Job. And that doesn't happen to me very often. In fact, I'm not sure it has ever happened to this degree. If I don't get it, I might very well volunteer when I have time, because I understand now. Bullshit like the Creation "Museum" and all this "Intelligent Design" nonsense have gone on long enough. This is how I can help. This is how I can do my part to fight it. It's not about shouting down anyone's silly ideas; there's no way you can shout loud enough to do that. It's about showing kids how things work, what they're made of, and all the cool stuff you can make them do once you have that knowledge.

I was luckier than I realized, growing up the way I did, with everyone around me pushing me to learn, to understand, to find joy in knowledge. The darkness of ignorance never really touched me. I went off in some silly directions, sure, but having been armed at an early age with the tools to find and recognize bullshit, none of them lasted long. Not enough kids, especially today, have that kind of exposure to the light of reason and critical thinking that prepares them for a life of happy comfort with reality.

Wish me luck; I'll take some other job if I have to, but this is the one that I think will really fulfill me.
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