In an effort to clone their individual understanding and experience within this worldly realm, those that came before us instil a series of predetermined thoughts and actions within our minds in hope that we continue with the status quo. From a very young age we grow into an amalgamation of subjective views whose source is solely determined by who gets to mould our minds first. Later, when said ideals are challenged we become curious as to the contradiction in understanding, freeing the “you” that resides within the reality of being a conscious, thinking being. It is only at this point of independent thought that we become who we are, realising to its full potential the “I” within ourselves. Before birth, we did not exist other than in the molecules that now make up our composition and it is not until we question our teachings, ponder ourselves and develop our independence that we have the privilege of exclaiming, “I”.
The more we discover, the more we learn and the more we learn the more we move away from what has been taught to what is made known. It seems an infantile Human need to stay connected to what we have been taught, remaining steadfast in the face of contradictory information and unwilling to accept that which challenges our postulations. Interestingly enough this is exactly what drives us, motivates us and allows for the person who we become to develop; yet it is met with fervent dislike and many a frown due to its defiant nature. This revolt to “the new” is to be expected, for how hollow life seems when what you hold as understanding is demolished before your very own eyes. When we are honest with ourselves, life is pointless, without meaning and plays out within an indifferent Universe. The Universe and its natural laws do not stir at the posturing’s of an independent mind, wavers not in the face of injustice and does not care who or what evolves.
Life is simultaneously both cruel and rewarding, for we did not choose to be born and could not help become sentient. Life does not need meaning or purpose to be beautiful; it is but a Human construct that instructs it to be so, just as it is solely Human intuition to assign it. There is no good, no bad, only indifference as it is impossible to reconcile our collectively deemed importance with the macro events that pay us no notice. We find only that reciprocal kindness appeals to our emotions, allowing for “good” to spring from the very minds of our mutual undertakings. In doing so, we exit from what Nature dictates and become a force unto ourselves, reliant not on what we understood, but on what we come to continue to reveal as truth.
As we move along the timeline we find ourselves becoming more nonchalant in the day-to-day running of our lives. The first morning we drive a new road on the way to work, we expend much energy in the activity, eager to lap up the opportunity to divulge in the unknown, yet as time progresses and the road becomes just another road, we switch onto autopilot and before we know it we hardly remember being on the road at all. As we take in this marvellous thing called life, we are passionate and full of verve to undertake the way ahead, as we grow older it feels as though time – in its fixed and ever constant tick, tock – starts to speed up for the very same reasons that road becomes just another road. We become blasé to the grandeur of the magnificent reality of being a compilation of 14-billion years worth of molecules that now, in all of time and space, knows it is alive on a tiny spec of dust suspended in a momentary blip of consciousness.
So it comes to the realisation that this is all a game, one where if we stand still and refuse to acknowledge truth, becomes inundated with boring content and the rehashing of past mistakes. Unless you take it upon yourself to question the meme’s that occupy your mind, you are but another copy of a copy that does not think, but adopts and as such, you are not. The purpose and meaning of life is not to find one or adopt it but to create it. Picasso once said, “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” You cannot find that which you are told is there; you can only try and adapt yourself to fit an understanding. We are not here to replace the pylons that hold up our being, we do not have to be the same, do the same or think the same as those before us. We can be different, will be different and don’t ever think that it’s not ok to be or do so. I stand on the shoulders of those that came before me and thank them for their effort thus far, I do not want to spend my time looking them in the eye, I want to rise above so that those that come after me may climb another step.
In this life it seems a waste when we occupy our time with what we already know, it breeds boredom and causes many of us to start to look elsewhere for inspiration, or for silly things to fill our time. You are born on a planet in a time that we are discovering more about the limitless Universe “out there” than ever before, not to mention that you have an infinite depth within your mind. No one has all the answers; anyone or anything that says they do is lying and not worthy of adherence. We are Homo sapiens, do not be content with that.
“Cogito ergo sum” [I think, therefore I am.] – René Descartes.
I am, therefore I think.
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