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Defining Life and Validation
Defining Life and Validation
By Tony DeLorger © 2011
How do most people define their lives, give meaning to their existence? Is it by association to some ideal or theological understanding? Perhaps we associate more with what we do: raise children, aspire to status or a successful career. No matter what we give meaning to, humanity has always sort validation as an integral part of a balanced and happy life.
Without feeling like there is purpose in life, what would be the use of the pursuit of anything? This is precisely why religion exists, to give a meaningful purpose. To know that a benevolent God cares about us and awaits us beyond physical death to give life everlasting is an attractive incentive. This incentive of course was given to us by us; we came up with the idea to allay our fears of death and an unknowable outcome.
This faith, and like faiths, have kept humanity on track and in pursuit of life’s opportunities from the beginning of time. Without this esoteric validation we would perhaps be less enthusiastic and forlorn, maybe.
The incentive for me is life itself. We have within us an individual spark that animates us to what we call living. We each have the potential to experience both physically and mentally an existence that is challenging and rewarding. Our pursuits for knowledge and understanding both define us and validate us within ourselves, and need no other external validation. The external world is not there to justify us and judge us as worthy, it is there as the canvas of our expression from internal pursuits.
We are born alone; we are singular entities and we will die alone. Whatever connections we make with this world and the other inhabitants of it, defines us to others, but our own approval comes from within.
External searching is pointless, when all answers live within us. We are born filled with answers to our questions, and filled with the potential to find them. We are whole beings and need to acknowledge the strength that we have within us. We do not need partners, friendships, leaders or churches to show us how to be. These connections are voluntary and part of expressing life that is part of the potential we have been given.
I am fundamentally an existentialist and believe we are each responsible for our course and actions here on earth, but I do believe in the idea of God; perhaps not as others see it. The complexity and miracle of life requires origin, and to that end I fill this void with a notion of God. This entity in all its glory of being, I believe, is part of that spark within us that is life, an undying energy that cannot be snuffed out. Life never dies, it is transformed.
I cannot know the details of the state of existence, its course and overall purpose, but I can accept that life is within me, and I give it respect and by that define myself as a recipient of potential. That is all I can do, and what I seek in life adds to the understanding and respect of it. My expressions are simply a refection of that ideal.
I do not denounce religion or any other philosophy; I simply aspire to work from within outwardly to find truth, untouched by human aspirations and biases. This course has proven beneficial and I can only pray that humanity in some way finds responsibility for the corruptions of ideals that have plagued our tiny blue planet, before balance is unattainable.