Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Nothing ever happens the way we want it to in life. That's part of the difficulty in it (if you live by some sort of moral code). We plan, we strategize, we prepare, we pray, and what do we learn from it all? Not that these things aren’t useful, but that we don’t get what we want. But we move on anyway, and continue to plan, strategize, prepare, and pray for the next day. And thru it all we become more of a whole person; more of a soul and existing entity.

Of course we are all familiar with the question, “Why do good things happen to bad people and bad things happen to good people?” This stems from the ever popular Christian conundrum, “Why is there Sin?” Of course most theologians will respond, “Well, because of The Fall.” Luckily for me, I had a college professor who had his own theory about sin and why it exists, that answers the inquiry much more competently. “To form relationships,” he said.

Think about it. What kind of people would we be if we lived in a perfect world with perfect everything and materializing fantasies? Why do we form friendships and relationships? It’s because we need someone to be there for us; to help us thru our lives. How could we ever form a solid relationship with God (or a good friend for that matter) if there was never anything that we needed advice, or compassion or Love to help us get thru? “Gee God. Thanks for the perfect day again. Nothing to complain about today. You da man! See ya soon.” Oooh I can feel the bonds forming right there.

Those people that tell us Life is so easy, so “cake” probably don’t have any friends or spiritual being. Why would they need to? They have no reason to create such a relationship to help them self thru the day, or hour, or minute.

So all we can do is either accept that the world doesn’t treat us kindly and find those that can make it bearable, or we can go about our lives in a mindless, soulless bliss that attracts the likes of butterflies, sea horses and hummingbirds.

That is the purpose of Life. To become a real person, a real entity that is capable of existing not only in the physical realm, but in a place that nobody can see, hear or touch, but only be, only be who we are to become. And to get there we have to persist thru trial after trial of humiliation, disappointment and rejection. But thank goodness we have those moments though because without them we would have no body to help us get thru them.


Anonymous said...

Your mind is a deep dark place, young padawan. In so many words, the secret to life is to love and be fearless. This I know to be true. Love gives life purpose.

Lindsay said...

You know it & I believe that everything happens for a reason. All the trials in life make us the people we are and each one makes us a stronger person. Good things do happen to good people.

Andy said...

As a good Presbyterian, I feel I must remind you that, really, there are no good people, making the bad thing/good people question the wrong one to ask.

JLC said...

Wow, sounds like you're trying to rationalize something. Something that you strategized, prepared, and prayed for (to use your words) that didn't work out. Bummer, whatever it is. But like you say, wouldn't it be boring if everything always worked out just the way we'd planned? (Or "strategized, prepared, and prayed for" if you prefer).

Diane said...


Interesting post for such a young man. I'm not religious. I tend to feel that we reap what we sow often in life. Though, illnesses and such that knock us on our knees--I feel is just bad luck. Sometimes, times like these surprise us and bring out wonderful things.

I haven't met anyone that said their life went as planned. I am 40 and my life is so much better than I could have ever dreamed it being.

Good luck with whatever your pondering or going through.