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I, who have nothing
‘I, who have nothing’
By Tony DeLorger © 2011
‘I, who have nothing, have everything.
I, who have everything, have nothing.’
An oxymoron, a paradox and a truth of a given perspective; what we pursue and eventually obtain in life is often not what we wanted. The trick is to seek fulfilment and happiness regardless of what we have or our circumstance. What we see as value is subjective, bound by the limits of our understanding and experience. Unfortunately many of us realise what is important in life when it’s all but over.
The pursuit of material wealth and circumstance is a double-edged sword, the sacrifices we make gaining it and the realisation that it does not create happiness cutting deep into our being. Friedrich Nietzsche believed the dominating force in humanity was not ‘survival’ as you would expect, but what he called ‘The Will to Power’. This driving force of power and dominance is a part of our material pursuit, believing that wealth gives us influence, control, more choices and ultimately a better life. What we do not realise is that it in no way contributes to happiness and fulfilment as we indeed expected.
Money often creates misery, a new circumstance of great complexity that can override our common sense and lead us into a world of illusion, money being the source of all things. The reality is what money can buy is of little importance in any spiritual sense and therefore is a shallow and superficial pursuit.
Being an inhabitant of earth, we have a plethora of physical circumstance; born into it through no fault of our own we have to accept our environment, our inheritance. Whether poverty or affluence, what we have in humanity, is everything. We have a mind, the capacity to decide and a body to experience all that life has to offer. Yes there are physical and circumstantial limits; but we have the ability to change how we see those attributes.
Think of a paraplegic whose life is transformed by some random accident. He can choose to be beaten and become a victim of life, or he can deal with his disability by developing new skills and with determination improve his life far beyond where he was. These perceived miracles are simply people discovering, and often, changing their view of what is important and fulfilling their lives with these new ideals.
We can all blindly follow our material aspirations for what we feel is security or whatever, but the only security that exists is within our minds. When we have prioritised what is important and have created an internal security within us, this then manifests in a positive way in our physical lives. Working backwards and creating what we feel is security in a physical sense, is counterproductive. The physical world can change on a whim: the stock market can fall, the housing market, you could be sued for every penny and you could fall under a bus. Security comes with understanding who we are, being at terms with our imperfections and allowing ourselves to be happy, to love and cherish life as the gift it is.
‘I, who have nothing, have everything.’