Shallow Water Whiteout
- May 29, 2004
Everyone today is too carried away with useless mobile phones, sex, clothes, cars, money, Real State, etc. instead of stopping for a second and asking to themselves:
IS ALL THIS STUFF REALLY MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN MY LIFE?
Actually, I learned long ago that true happiness comes from within. But like all the most important things I've learned in life, I learned it on my own, through my own experience, not from a book or religious zealot.
If you buy a phone, car, etc expecting eternal happiness, you will be let down. But these things do make a difference in my "life" - my time on this earth. My phone, clothes, car, sex life, and home all serve me distinct purposes, but I'm not complete because of one or any of them, nor do I depend on them. You're overlooking the fact that it's possible to use technology (and the other "comforts" of our society) without falling prey to the negative consequences that I will even agree beset many people today.
What comes after this life, I'm not sure, but I do know that my time is limited and I'm going to enjoy this life while I can.
If you still think that all this stuff is bull I urge you to start meditating seriously, not just once a week.
I don't think it is bull, but I have no reason to believe it either. Urging me to dedicate a great deal of my time (my greatest resource in this short existence) to something I'm doubtful about is illogical. If I want to follow a doctrine that promises me rewards in an afterlife (or whatever pet name the doctrine has for it) in exchange for a great deal of my time here on earth (the only time I'm guaranteed, however much it may be), I have more than enough to choose from. If the only way to discover the truth of these various doctrines is by dedicating massive amounts of each time to each one - well, then I'm just using up the time on this earth that I could be using for other things - freediving for example.
I'm not against the idea of meditation, but if I do that, it will be for the immediate benefits I expect to reap in this short life - not for a promise of immortality (something which would appeal to the ego, by the way).