With the dawn of human foresight and with the appearance of a great surplus of energy in life such as the last century or so has revealed, there has been a progressive emancipation of the attention from everyday urgencies.
What was once the whole of life, has become to an increasing extent, merely the background of life.
People can ask now what would have been an extraordinary question five hundred years ago. They can say, "Yes, you earn a living, you support a family, you love and hate, but—what do you do?"
Conceptions of living, divorced more and more from immediacy, distinguish the modern civilized man from all former life.
From An Experiment in Autobiography (1934) by HG Wells
Note: This deep question version of 'what do you do?' was pretty commonplace up until, say, the early 1970s; but is now all-but absent from public discourse, and - I suspect - private conversation. It is a measure of our civilizational decline.
Any spiritual awakening would include a revival - in some version - of this question.