A Warning to the Wise
edited: Friday, May 10, 2002
By April Pittman
Posted: Friday, May 10, 2002
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Random thoughts from a disenchanted author.
We're going to die. When we go our emotions and goals and hopes and thoughts go with us. The world eventually, through other's deaths, forgets us. We simply cease to exist. Think of all the people who have loved, been successful, had dreams . . . all of the people who have felt that surely their lives will be remembered--and we don't know them. We don't remember.
Time will fly. Decisions will be made and years lost, wasted. So why is it so difficult for us to be impulsive creatures? Why does unconformity have to mean irresponsibility or insecurity? Why do we act as though there is a golden list for us to follow in order to make peace with ourselves or justify death? We want to learn so we can make money, we want to make money so we can retire, we want to retire so we can die. These things are fine, even desired in our society, but why are we so incredibly afraid to step outside this grand scheme?
Monotony is empty. It seems that recent generations, and especially the present one, have been taught from an early age that there is an ideal in life--a standard of happiness--that they should strive for. Anything less and they aren't considered a "success." Many of today's average teenagers have an idea instilled into their minds that money is the root of all happiness but you aren't supposed to believe it, just live it. And, so, in the name of the all-mighty dollar, imaginations are depreciated, radical ideas underestimated, and insecurity overrated.
Fear is our master. Because we are afraid of so many things-- of poverty, of pain, of rejection, of struggle, and sacrifice-- we convince ourselves that our minds, the origin of vice and manipulation among other things, knows what is best over our hearts-- the seat of our souls. It is not the common destiny of humankind to attend the best possible college, to hold the highest office, to control the most people, to be the most popular or beautiful, or to be the best at the best. So how do these things become the common goal? Shouldn't it be the common goal to simply be ourselves? I urge you, be the blue radioflyer wagon if it makes you happy with yourself. Don't choose the course of your life based on acquisition of material things or conformity; because you've only got one shot at this.
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|Reviewed by Hiren Shah
|Good article. One cannot indeed be happy if one does ont chart one's ownn course. At the same time one has to survive as well and material things are important in that context. I feel that a healthy balance between the two extremens is better. Some people lead double lives-one for money and other for passion and job satifaction.|
|Reviewed by Sandy Knauer
|Excellent article, well written and full of wisdom. I've had the near death experience also, and believe I have lived other lives before this one. still, your advice is sound because although I believe our energy and wisdom remain in the universal pool after this life is over, I don't believe we necessarily connect to it in the next or that anyone else recognizes it as the person we once were.|
|Reviewed by Jeremy Vaeni
|I had a bunch of "smart" stuff to say and then read that review by the near-death experiencer and...um...don't feel like spouting anymore. This is really wiser than anything I've read below it, April. Good stuff.|
|Reviewed by Jeremy Vaeni
|How can you be so sure about what happens after death? As one who skirted the skies a while and got sent back here, I now believe one could actually live twice. Modern medicine is truly miraculous. That's my weird experience anyway. I used to think like you until spending some time like a ghost hovering over my own body. You know that movie, "Ghost?" It's exactly like that. And, I didn't see the movie until 2 years ago. Seriously! Anyway, I liked the article a lot cause you are committed to yourself as a free thinker. I think that is real integrity of soul.|