I heard this story years ago and was reminded of it a couple of weeks ago when I heard it in a series again. It is a story of a Chinese farmer and I take solace in hearing it.
This is another long-time favorite of mine: The Nerdwriter.
This following quote is a letter from the book I am currently reading, called Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson. It is something that floods my mind with memories and my body with emotions. For me it entails a truth, I am yet to find out how to best deal with.
At the moment, I am reading the third book of the Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive series, called Oathbringer. I like his books, as they give me plenty to think about. For example, why we focus on what separates us from others, instead of finding similarities.
What is the reason or what are the reasons we face increasing numbers of people with depression, anxiety disorders, or people who want to or just do drop out of society altogether? Is the success we have as a society to blame? Does the fulfilment of most of our needs leads us to wanting more, without knowing what it is or how to get there?
I mean, it is important for me to find meaning in what I do. A couple of years back or even a couple of decades back, people had other things to worry about. So maybe it is a good sign, I and so many others are looking for something meaningful. I think that meaningful work is always related to making society better off. Be it a piece of art which conveys love or helps us to reflect or be it a hobby that brings not only joy to us but helps us to connect with others.
But maybe our current economic system or society didn’t match the same pace as our personal development in that society. Sometimes it can feel like being chained to a treadmill. We are moving, but we are not free to choose where we are going to. Many people work just to have enough money to provide for themselves and their families. Some might also work and get enough to spend it on a hobby. I don’t argue that some also draw tremendous joy and energy from their work, but I think that’s not the majority. You could say, well if you can find meaning in your hobby everything is fine. Again, for some, this might be true. However, many are sucked out of energy to find, commit to, or enjoy a hobby. Sometimes, we have so many hopes and wishes and energy, but after a long day at work, we are happy to just lie down and relax.
Sometimes, the only way out they see is to drop out. I know quite a few people who dropped out or are planning to, to find themselves or to travel the world. Often the purpose is to find meaning and a happy life. I think we need to help one another to achieve that. And I don’t accept that it has to be the way it is. So many people are left behind, although they want to do good, but they don’t know how, or don’t see this scenario as feasible to sustain a living.
I think a good first step is to talk to each other what provides us meaning. And then, not crushing those hopes, but rather finding solutions to get there. Many people live in abundance. I think there is no reason why we cannot use all that wealth to create a society that helps everyone to find meaning and be rewarded for that.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.
Have a wonderful day and take care!
Yesterday, I started to write about my view on what role a leader should take. This is the continuation from yesterday.
What should be the role of a leader? Maybe it comes down to how we define leaders and the role they have. With this entry, I want to discover some of the implications of what I see the role of a leader.
The future holds some interesting questions. One of them is what we can and need to do with people who become unemployed or even unemployable due to automatization and AI? Here, especially companies need to contribute to solving this problem.
If you are interested, you can check my last entry on this topic here.
Find your purpose. For most people, this is easier said than done. I’d like to take you on my own journey to discover my purpose. In sporadic intervals, I will reflect on what my purpose might be and how I can find it. In this entry, I want to reflect about the connection between our interests and our purpose.
We tend to correlate success with status. I want to argue that we might shift our understanding of what success is, or at least adjust the concept of it. Success should be a state of mind.
When I read an article, I sometimes read the comments to the article, too. It is interesting what people think about a certain topic and if you read a lot of comments you get a better feeling what other people think. This happened today as well, and I stumbled upon a statement, made in a comment: I prefer a good dictator over a bad democracy.
Art has an enormous potential. It can calm us down, it can give us hope, and it helps us to better understand ourselves and others. And although my go-to-art is books, there are countless other types of art that inspire. There is one type in particular which can give relief: Kintsugi.
This entry might be a bit confusing, so please bear with me.
At the moment, I reflect a lot about my situation and how to handle everything. One morning, I woke up having two words in mind: Trust and Fear, and how both are used to create a feeling of control in our lives.
No, my blog entries don’t get a dark turn =)
But after watching two videos today, I couldn’t help to think about this question. Continue reading “Do you want to live forever?”