Regarding my job, I’ve a strong feeling that prohibits me from doing work that deems senseless to me. (It’s not that I don’t need to do such things just for the money, but it’s a torture.)
The problem is, now, that mine and the market’s opinions what is meaningful to do deviate widely. It’s easy to recognize what the market thinks is meaningful: everything the market will pay for. This includes, among other stuff, ugly sunglasses for 560 USD. And the foil coating of police bus windows, while in other countries they have no working police at all.
In my opinion, the market is constantly in error. If it would be up to me to decide what’s meaningful, I would include:
- basic stuff, of course: nutrition, health care, accomodation etc.
- Many more UNU (United Nations University) research projects.
- Heavy reasearch for an AIDS treatment.
- Heavy research for a malaria treatment.
- research on what is the true theology
Then, it would also be easy for me to find a meaningful job. But now …
P.S.: I should add my definition of “meaningful”: meaningful is what makes the world a better place to live. (And, adding from a Christian perspectiv: “Where world includes this and the next world.”)