“Instead of our drab slogging forth and back to the fishing boats, there’s reason to live!
We can lift ourselves out of ignorance, we can find ourselves as creatures of excellence and intelligence and skill. We can learn to be free! we can learn to fly!”“Most gulls don’t bother to learn more than the simplest facts of flight – how to get from shore to food and back again”“For most gulls it was not flying that matters, but eating. For this gull, though, it was not eating that mattered, but flight.”
― Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Our life is limited. In this limited life, we have to earn everything. I am not talking about the money. It is about earning पुरुषार्थ. पुरुषार्थ loosely means pursuit for the existence. Actions contributing or justifying our existence as a human. And what is the use of most powerful organic life when we cannot justify our existence? 🙂
There are 4 पुरुषार्थs. धर्म (Societal and Family duties), अर्थ (Livelihood and that is it! No saving, no future saving. If wealth comes effortlessly, fine! But if you have to spend 12+ hrs for it, it is useless 😀 ), काम (Pleasure not limited to sex! Music, Running, Cycling, Hiking, Walking, Entertaining, Sports), मोक्ष (Meditation, Concentration and sleep) .
Instead of earning and chasing 4 P(=Purusharth), we are running behind false illusions. Everyone realize this too. But very late in the life. By the age 40-50, we start realizing about life wasted behind illusions.
Ideal society is that which helps everyone in earning 4 P. We are not anymore. And certainly, that is not a good sign.
To correct our living as a society, we must come out of Industrial Age mindset.
Some of the Industrial Age mindsets:
“Produce more, consume more.”
“Work harder, party harder”
“हम दो, हमारे दो.” (This does not only promotes population control but also selfish motives. My family is my boundary. I don’t care what happens outside my some.)
“छोटा कुटुंब,सुखी कुटुंब” ( Along with population control, this indirectly promotes nuclear family, against joint family system. If Dharma was instead followed, we really don’t need such slogans)
Try it. Try to bring 4 P in life and divide 24 hrs in pursue of them. 6 hrs of each. See the difference in life. (Y).