"Vita est lavorum."
That's Latin for "Life is a job." I didn't learn that in school or even from a book. I learned that from Father Guido Sarducci.
For younger readers, that name may draw a blank. Father Guido wasn't a real person. He was a fictional priest played by comedian and writer Don Novello, and was a regular guest on "Saturday Night Live" in the 1970s and '80s.
His most famous routine involved explaining how a secret letter discovered at the Vatican revealed the truth of what happens when you die. In the past, the church believed that a worthy soul would leave the body like a bubble at the bottom of a 7-Up bottle. The purer your...