Speaking of the Good Life (see previous post), a New York Times article, The Outsourced Life op-ed item opined about the trend toward buying personal services. We grow impatient so are able to pay $8 to drive in the HOV lane, one college offered access to oversubscribed courses for a fee, we look to online dating services to find a mate, and hire nannies to care for our children. A key example in this op-ed item was the emergence of a new profession known as wantology. The practitioners, who are known as wantologists, will help you figure out what you want and how to get it. Of course, the implications are that clients are no longer able to figure out what they want or how to go about getting those things or relationships for themselves. Sadly, these wantologists are not spiritually discerning and therefore are unable to help people identify their true soul desires.
It feels to me like this conflicts with waiting on God to provide. As I think about the story of David and Bathsheba, it seems that our wants are not always driven from the best motivations. A dear friend, Barry Morrow, in his book, “Heaven Observed,” paired two quotes to trigger some thinking. The first from Oscar Wilde who said, “There are two tragedies in life. One is not getting what you want. The other is getting it.” The second from George MacDonald, “Man finds it hard to get what he wants, because he does not want the best; God finds it hard to give, because He would give the best, and man will not take it.”
Morrow goes on to discuss our universal unhappiness. I believe that it is this unhappiness and refusal to acknowledge the eternal in our scheme of eutopian wants which drives us to pursue such services as wantologists.
What are your thoughts on the concept of wantologists?