First, I’ll apologize for the length of this post, however, I feel that it was important to post.
I just see everyone around me (including myself currently) doing things, and spending their LIFE working at a job that they are completely miserable doing. We only get one life. When we’re working at a job for 90 hours a week, that has LITERALLY become our life. When we look back in 10/20/30/50 years.
The entire point of our existence has been to work at a job that we hate (if you hate it, you might love it, who knows. Obviously if that’s the case this isn’t for you),and to get money that we don’t even have time to spend. When someone who works that much passes on, after dedicating their entire life to whatever entity it is that they have done so for. That company, or firm, will hire someone to almost literally fill their shoes, and we have left this planet with nothing.
Perhaps we have children, however, when it comes down to it, how special is the act of having children? If we break it down to brass tacks, there is nothing special about the ACT of having children. Please don’t confuse what I’m meaning. Having children I’m sure IS a blessing, but it’s something, and an ability that is innately built in us, which makes it anything but “special.” The only time that this is not true is when there is an unfortunate medical issues.
The point that we are all on this forum says something about all of us. We obviously have a passion for music. I don’t know how many of us are members of a forum for accounting, project management, or whatever profession we are in, but I’m certainly not in any forum like that.
I just feel we all are missing the point of life. The point of life is not to work, or make make a ton of money. The point of life is to be happy. I would be happy living a decent life style, and doing something I love, like music. Of course it won’t always be like “YES!! I LOVE THIS!” Like anything in life, there will be times when it’s more unpleasant then others.
However, I just feel that we have largely, and slowly, become distracted from what REALLY matters, which is living a life that you can look back on and say “I did something with life.” We’ve become derailed from it’s true meaning.
Here is a very powerful quote that I think breaks everything down:
“People debased, humiliated, despised and despising themselves, trained in school to despise themselves, to count for nothing-just particles and molecules; admiring everything lesser than themselves and execrating everything that is greater than themselves. Everything worthy of love and adoration. People reduced to simulacra, to idols that feel nothing, to automatons. And replaced by them-by computers and robots. People chased out of their work and their homes, pushed into corners and gutters, huddled on subway benches, sleeping in cardboard boxes. People replaced by abstractions, by economic entities, by profits and money. People treated mathematically, digitally, statistically, counted like animals and counting for much less. People turned away from Life’s Truth, caught in all the traps and marvels where this life is denied, ridiculed, mimicked, simulated-absent. People given over to the insensible, become themselves insensible, whose eyes are empty as a fish’s.Dazed people, devoted to specters and spectacles that always expose their own invalidity and bankruptcy; devoted to false knowledge, reduced to empty shells, to empty heads-to ‘brains.’ People whose emotions and loves are just glandular secretions.” ~ Michel Henry
I think that this pretty much sums up everything. Hopefully nobody got offended, as that wasn’t my intention. Hopefully it enlightened, and motivated at least one person. Again apologize for the long post.