ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

A Treatise on Giving In

Updated on July 17, 2013

Growth!

just give in and watch YOU grow
just give in and watch YOU grow

What's the use?

A Treatise on Giving In

I listen to the preachers and they tell me “Hope is on the way!” I listen to the singing in church and the chorus shouts “Our help is on the way!” Oh yeah? Says who? What is there to be hopeful about? You are born, you go to school, you graduate, or get kicked out, you have a kid or three, you get married, you get divorced, you get remarried, you die. Did anyone not get the email? Or did you not read the email? Better yet, you didn’t believe the email.

I’d like to have hope. Hope seems like a nice way to live. I really wouldn’t know. I studied, I read, I prayed, I meditated, let’s see, there must be another thousand things I did, but try as I might, I don’t “get” hope. I know how to teach people to have it. Supposedly, I know how to give it to people. Too bad I can’t teach myself. At least right now.

So that brings me to giving in. What are some of the things I’ve given in to during this life? Sex. That was fun. The best thing about sex, for me, is that I never argue with myself.

Binge eating and drinking. Yup! ‘Xcuse me while I slurp.

Despair. That one feels good right now. Too bad that tomorrow the ache may run away and leave me alone. How do I know?

Every blinking time I give in, something happens to make me believe the big lie. What’s the ‘big lie?’ The big lie is that things will get better. The big lie is that you can control what happens to you. Where’s the evidence?

Look at family divorce court. Tell that to a fetus in the garbage can. Ask any five year old in Iran. Or in a big city homeless shelter. Should I go on?

What do I know for sure? We all make choices. How’s that for the most trivial cliché of the year? What’s not trivial is that because we are all stupid, the choices we make haunt us for all time. After that, I’m not so sure. My guess is that they go with us to wherever we go after we die. I mean, why not continue the joke?

Here’s another thing I know FOR SURE. It’s not that we do stupid things. It’s that we are STUPID. Otherwise, why would we do what we do? Why get married and put yourself through the pain of losing your mate? Why get into relationships when you know that one or both of you will soon be gone? And that you’ll forget about each other in maybe 15 minutes from the time you get the undertaker bill to the time you take off your shoes.

You listen to the preachers, I really use the biggest brush I can here, and what do you hear? “Jesus saves. All you have to do is accept His grace and repent.” Oh yeah…. I accept His grace every day, and I repent every day. Guess what, 2 seconds after I accept and repent, I am the same schmuck I was before. What’s that preacher? I didn’t really accept the grace? OK, you’re right. I give in.

Now I’m not here to promise that miracles don’t happen. I’m too old to think they don’t. It’s just that they happen to other people. See, god looks at me when he needs a laugh.

So “giving in.” Why not keep struggling? Look at how well struggling works as a problem solving tool. Has working hard given you better (fill in the blank)? Maybe for a little while; remember the miracle paragraph?

What are the benefits of giving in? Hmm, let’s see. Less stress. Once you give in, you stop hoping for something that will never happen, unless you’re hoping to die, which I am not. If you give in and stop worrying that bad things will happen, you will be right 50% of the time. That beats Vegas!

Giving in means that you don’t have to give a rat’s about what anybody thinks, because you’ve already agreed that they are exactly right. Now won’t that make the know it alls go nuts?

Americans are unable to process this next idea as they are not real bright. Don’t believe me? Can you say Tea Party? Can you spell Tea Party? I’m safe here, because Tea Party folks can’t read Tea Party. Anyway, next idea………I wanted to write the way a pro athlete speaks. “How do the team do coach?” “Play well. Go right to focus. Give all.” These are the people we pay 50 million dollars to, for the pleasure of watching them facilitate assault with a deadly weapon; football helmets. Or maybe they speak a higher level of English than we do; the vernacular where pronouns are obsolete.

Oops, next idea. Giving in feels good! Told you Americans wouldn’t get it. Why else would we murder our young people through incompetent schools and undeserving politicians? Answer? Because ANYONE with half a neuron knows that an educated workforce will question lies about race, gender and lifestyle. Thus, giving in to folks who claim to know what YOU should believe eliminates the pain of thinking and reduces the tension of rational discourse around opinions. Yelling at each other is fun. Clear now?

As a final argument in praise of giving in, I offer a two word theory. It’s EASY! Would you rather take responsibility for your heart attack, or is it easier to blame it on your wife? Work out or eat two Snickers Cheese cakes? Which is easier?

Giving in feels good. Giving in is easy. Giving in allows one to be right even if they are wrong. So why do we human doings not give in? We are too busy worrying about how the world will come to an end if we ever DO give in. To God. To Peace. To Enjoyment. Obviously some Piled Higher and Deeper researcher has a well nuanced answer full of numbers and gobbledy gook. Not me. I’m off to eat a cheesecake and wash it down with whole milk, while the milk is still cheaper than unleaded gas.

Some Day...........

Source

It really is up to you

Source

Choices

mindfulness will help you make choices

Whatever you say, you are so right.

Submit a Comment

No comments yet.

working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)