Making sense of the chaos of this modern life.
They say you begin to die the moment you are born.
But why do we feel pain, pleasure, sorrow, happiness, love? What is it all for? What do we struggle for? Are we struggling just to die?
We go through the motions every day. Wake up, work, eat, drink, sleep, wake up again.
A typical man spends one-third of his life asleep, another third working and the rest for anything else he may need or choose to do. And in this modern day and age, work will usually entail sitting at a desk in front of a computer screen.
Really, what do we want? What is it that we really need? We are running all our lives chasing and seeking – to find out we are just in the same place we started. We find that we are still lacking, still incomplete.
But one must not lose heart. That thing that will give you happiness, that thing your spirit yearns for, that will finally make you complete – is not beyond seeking.
It is right there for the taking. But a man must clear his mind of all presumptions and false notions of what is good for him and of what his goals must be.
This modern society has impinged on our minds from our earliest moments of consciousness that gain is to be desired. That it is best to get – for oneself, for one’s family, for one’s group. That among men it is zero sum and we must compete to be first.
Endless straining arises when a person is confused by what he really needs. You think you need a better car when what you really need is long walk. You think you need to go to some distant vacation, when what you really need to do is to care for a single plant.
You must not let material things rule you. Instead you must displace them from your mind by focusing on the spirit. Seek instead to expand your thoughts above the things that can be seen or felt by the senses.
We are but dust spinning in the universe. Seeing that in your mind’s eye will bring everything into perspective. And all the cares, the things men fight over, stress over and give all their life for, will all fade to insignificance.
Now, more than at any time in the history of man, we have seen deeper and farther into the blackness of space. We now know that a pinprick of empty, dark sky holds billions of stars much larger than our earth. In this modern age, we ought to see ourselves much smaller than before. If we are confined to the matter in this earth, we will always be small, no matter how much we gain. We must go beyond it and seek for something else.