I guess what I should say is that life is lonely for anyone who tries to be more than their context. I constantly am asking myself “what is transcendent in life” – if I was born in Tibet, would I be the same person, or am I just this arbitrary being whose life and morality is at the behest of chance circumstances?
What if I was born in the past, would I do and enjoy the same things I find enjoyable today, or would my behaviors be unacceptable, or those behaviors of times passed arcane?
I look around me and say “do I want to live like the people around me?” and every time the answer is “no” and so I say “then how can I expect to live like them, yet be different from them?” And then I ask, “what is it that I seek?”
I look at my behavior, and I say, “what of these people who cuss?” and I think everyone else conducts themselves in a way less than honorable, like hypocrites, swearing, and then hoping to teach their children otherwise, censoring television as if they believe their actions are “wrong” yet they still engage in their vice knowingly!!!
What stops those from living in accordance with truth?
Lack of virtue.
How is virtue developed? Exercise of reason by challenging assumptions, by clearing perceptions to see reality clearly.
And I think “What’s important?” and even in the gym, I notice the rampant ignorance of people to do even basic things like take care of themselves, or lift properly, as if one cannot even ask a question “how do I do this?” “what should I do?”….yet people will live frantic lives trying to earn money so they can…continue to neglect to take care of themselves…the ignorance on exercise, on nutrition isn’t what bothers me, it’s the apathy.
The apathy that plagues our world, as people are murdered and raped, and as people ask “why?” or seek to better the plot of their fellow man, they get trapped in ideologies, and fight amongst themselves and lose sight of the goal – an economist might say “based on empirical evidence, minimum wage laws hurt the poor” yet the masses, the drones, or liberals will be caught in ideology, hurt by their misguided pride to accept reality.
Blind. So many religious followers convinced of their faith while never having read the books of another, if even their own. I don’t know if I’ve ever met a person who has read the torah, the bible, and the qur’an except for our local imam…yet people are so adamant for their faith or lack there of…not realizing that if I swapped their places of birth into a region with a different religion, they’d simply reflect their environment. it’s apparently the most important thing for people, yet they don’t even take the time to learn? …
Punished. For being intellectually honest, for seeking truth, the world punishes you by death. Ostracized. Humiliated and plagued with peer pressure to drink, have sex, engage one’s desires. I ask myself “What is the meaning of life, to constantly engage my pleasures?” and I look around me and I see animals, living life quietly, yet so viciously – afraid to stand up for anything they believe in because quite frankly, people do not believe in anything, yet so vehemently fight wars and murder one another, and for what?
Why are you alive? What is the purpose of life? What is the purpose of YOUR life?
Emptiness in the eyes of so many people I see. I can feel them yearning for something more, yet unwillingness to look for answers. Fear to live larger than what the world tries to make them…
You are not born a final product, and you are not raised a final product…you are incomplete…you are not fully human until you have realized your potential… I don’t mean economically as in your career. I mean in your soul… you are not yet you until you are of sound mind, body, and soul and with no exception …
We must become who we were meant to be through our own effort
and what are we afraid of?
If I could give you an answer, it should be loneliness
But where do we turn for answers? That’s a good question, don’t be afraid to try and answer it.