Monday, November 21, 2005

Meaning About Us

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Photo: Color Bath Truck - Union Station Springfield, Illinois

The play between light, and shadow, color and white takes place on every level of our everyday lives. We're often too busy to notice that in each and every moment, in each and every space there exist potential for discovery, art, love, science, beauty, meaning, and purpose. Our lives often seem mundane, and meaningless yet meaning is all about us bathing us constantly - we just need to open our eyes, and see it.

We live in a world chasing after an illusion of happiness built upon consumerism, and greed, but in the end the values we have adopted will result in unhappiness, and our destruction - both personally, and as a species.

We're all very much making choices every day about what's important to us. The end result of all those choices is the life we live, and the world we create for ourselves. A world based upon greed, and consumerism places happiness outside the human being, and it drives all the other choices we make. What jobs we take, who we marry, what we believe about ourselves, and everyone else.

But a world based upon the presumption that completion, and oneness can only be found within, and between ourselves and other human beings - instead of things, places the attainment of happiness within reach of every human being.

As we each will face a day where we are gasping our final breath, I wonder what will be the last thing you look upon, what will be the last thing you grasp, the last thought you think? Will it be of an automobile, a house, a bank balance, or will your last precious thought be of a loved one, whether you lived a life worth living?

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