“It takes the whole of life to learn how to live, and -what will perhaps make you wonder more — it takes the whole of life to learn how to die.” — Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Minys, looks at his watch then at the land. Looks at his watch then at the land. Looks at his watch then at the land. Aloof by this strange man’s behavior, Wisdom asked, “What are you doing?”
Minys replies, “You see I planted a seed at that spot. I am waiting for it to sprout.”
Wisdom asks again, “But that will probably take a week.”
Minys replies, “I know. This is my seventh.”
How to get that job/business? that richness & wealth? The smell of your beloved? How to dress to impress? Position to sell? How to live? How to die? How to live the right way? How to die the right way?
These questions are offensive when another person, interrogates. Because most of us do not contemplate it. Rather we do not want to hear the answers. But when they are inspired within one’s ideal mind, things get interesting. How to figure it out is an attempt, to attack the unsolvable mystery of Life & death. The beginning and the end. The ruckus of the everyday drama around us.
Before we begin here is an exert from Antifragile, “ If true, wealth consists of worriless sleeping, a clear conscience, reciprocal gratitude, absence of envy, good appetite, muscle strength, physical energy, frequent laughs, no meal alone, no gym class, some physical labor (hobby), good bowel movement, no meeting room & periodic surprise.”
Don’t expect a direct answer, I won’t give it to you. Questions like What, who, why, where, when & How will haunt you if you let it. These are unsolvable questions, & one should be very cautious when asking them. With an imprinted mind full of preexisting misinterpretation, we will possibly create bogus answers to these questions and face terrible consequences. And we must face the consequence.
But instead of creating a new device, play with the ones our predecessors have left behind. It can be done by reading very very old books or talking with a very old person. Now, why would we add more imprints, if we will come with bogus answers again? Because we will always come up with a bogus answer. There is no escape to it. I will come up with something, he will come up with something, she will come up with something. There is always something bogus.
But If you ever get a chance to have a conversation with an old person, do not let it go to waste. Ask. Because they just spent a life realizing what the essential is. Now the answer will definitely vary depending on how a person lived. And that is the whole point. You will gain access to the person’s insight on the rejoice and regrets they made. Take it, internalize it, and adapt to it.
It does not matter if you could not find THE answer, I still don’t. But letting it in your system filters the truth and changes you gradually.
Now how will you figure it out?