I recently finished reading Tuesdays With Morrie which I'd like to recommend as a highly inspirational and thought-provoking good read.
I walked away from this story with two quotes with which I connected. The first is taken from a flashback of a conversation the author, Mitch Albom, was having with the subject of the book, Morrie. It really encapsulates Morrie's life philosophy.
The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that give you purpose and meaning.Honestly, I think this is a philosophy many of us have held at some point in our lives, but we lost sight of it as we took on more responsibility. And unfortunately, oftentimes this responsibility is a result of what will make us appear happy and successful in society. It has no actual connection to what will fulfill us on individual levels.
This brings me to the second quote with which I connected:
The culture we have does not make people feel good about themselves. We're teaching the wrong things. And you have to be strong enough to say the culture doesn't work, don't buy it. Create your own.Now is good time to mention Tuesdays With Morrie sold approximately 30 million copies worldwide. It's safe to say people love this book. I think it's because it affirms people's intuition about their life wisdom. Gives credence to thoughts and feelings they have had, but were anxious about revealing or trusting.
But if so many people are having the same thoughts about what it takes to reshape society into a better existence, why is the world in its current state??
I hate to keep harping on this, but the answer is simple. Fear and greed.
Almost every culture worldwide is controlled by a greedy minority. They fear losing their wealth, so they instill fear in the majority to prevent this from occurring. They do this by creating situations that have the majority concerned about physical safety, social rank (usually as it relates to race) and financial status. By keeping the majority's collective mind focused on these, it leaves no time to explore potential. When the majority is focused on surviving instead of living, it blocks creative energy and lessens the likelihood of people elevating themselves. This lack of growth stops the birth of new ideas that may usurp and therefore minimize the influence of the minority's existing cash cows. And this, my friends, is how the rich get richer while the rest of us simply continue to hang on.
We all know it's not right, so in the words of Morrie, "the culture doesn't work, don't buy it." Don't let these lessens taught by life and affirmed by Morrie go to waste. Go out and create something. It's time to get free.