Thanks for this reply, Steven.

The interesting thing, from a Buddhist point of view, is that if one grants a distinction between conventional (or relative) reality and ultimate reality, then one is well able to “play the game” of speaking in careerist terms in order to be functional in that closed domain without getting attached to an identity associated with being a careerist. To think this way is to embrace the proposal that careerism is simply a discourse in conventional reality and not, therefore, anything ultimately real.

The late philosopher Richard Rorty once urged us to be “ironists” in a specific sense: not to take all that seriously any discourse or language game (such as careerism) while being able nonetheless to operate within it. I think that’s part of the approach I’d outline, the part that cues us into how one might navigate through conventional reality. But the deeper question, that of ultimate reality, still remains: who are we if we’re not actually, really, fundamentally careerists?…

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