Food for a new life ahead

Sunday 30 December 2012, 2.40pm HKT

2.33pm local time, 10°C (50°F), chilly but sunny


THE YEAR is fast coming to an end — and a new one begins in just a bit more than 24 hours.

Christmas Day came and went, but we’re still in the middle of Christmastide (which ends on 6 Jan 2013).

Here is what I wrote to an erstwhile friend as food for thought:—

“I hope you’re having a nice time during this holiday season — having some kind of actual ‘time out’ and not holed up on your own.

“Next year is a new beginning — a new life, as it were — for each and every one of us. I’ll leave this thought for you as the new year approaches:—

Life is a mystery to be lived in, not a set of problems to live through or some motion to live out. Our time in the world is finite and short, and our useful lives are even shorter than we could possibly imagine. Too much of one thing or the other is never a good thing — it warps and robs us of the ability to make a good balance for ourselves.

“Many of us spend — or waste, depending on how we look at things — an enormous amount of time on conventional ideas or displays of success. It’s like that TV commercial (rather before your time) about some kid chasing after some cornflakes for his entire life. In the end, it’s just cornflakes — one of many kinds of food.

“Over these years, you’ve shown you have a great penchant for rationalising many things, yet not very capable in that ability. Even if you were capable, one doubts whether rationalising about anything actually helps — after all, rationalising is really about shoehorning something ‘to make things fit.’

Fit into things, not make things fit into oneself.

“Have a good new year.”


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In the sordid business of life, everyone should need a variety of experiences in order that we may TRY to reach some sort of balance of contradictory and self-contradictory things surrounding us.



© The Naked Listener’s Weblog, 2012. Image by via c4c. (B12489)

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