An Old Man Life Story
Grandma telling a child an interesting story
An old man life story
Welcome you to my article (2): An old man life story
Dear readers, this article could have been two articles, because this is: An old man life story; but it includes also the duty of any man; but let me tell you, An old man life story.
So, let me tell you a story and transport you to another place and to another time, at the time when I was a young kid and my mother or my grandma, in the evening would tell me a story just to keep me happy and go to bed and sleep.
Oh my god! What did I say? Tell you fairy tales that the elders of my time were telling me when I was a young kid; no, sorry my dear readers I have made a mistake and I apologize, because you see today I don’t remember much about those stories that the elders of my time were telling me, even though those stories were interesting to us kids then; here I need to tell you that in those times mothers and grandmothers had always a story to tell the kids, it was the only way to keep us kids quiet, because there was no TV and most time not even a radio for miles, the only news in those times were in the newspapers, if one could borrow it from somebody that could afford to buy it, the rest of the news were the local news that the people of the town would tell each other, so that they would know what was happening around them, so, people would pass them around by word of mouth.
Anyhow, the stories that these old ladies were telling us, were as good as any other story, and if the famous Brothers Grimm had known them they would have written them in their stories book. The Annotated Brothers Grimm : Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm
Here I want to point out that a lot of things have changed since I was a kid, but I still remember lot of things that I would like to tell you, so, let me go on. Now that I happen to be talking about the mothers and grandmothers of those times, I want to add that they worked hard to keep kids quiet in those times, it was the only way, it was a fact of life. Here I want to add something else that today does not happen anymore in the western world, I am saying the western world because what these old ladies were doing then might still be done in backward countries today one can never know; I can imagine that there might still be a few places where progress as not taken place, and therefore, people are still using those skills that their forbears have used for centuries or even thousands of years.
Anyhow, let me describe to you what these old ladies did to put a child to sleep, they would take the child in their arms sit on a sturdy chair and sing a lullaby while they were rocking the chair until the child would go to sleep, or do the same thing by putting the child in a rocking cradle and rock the cradle and sing a lullaby, those times were a lot harder than today for young mothers as you can see for yourself, not only they had to look after the child, but they had also wash everything by hand as there were no washing machine, or any throw away paper devises that would keep the child clean, so, they had to rely or their skills that they had picked up from their elders and work hard to keep things going properly.
Today is a lot easier for young mothers, because of the washing machine and other things that make life less stressful, even singing lullaby is gone out of fashion, perhaps it is because there is so much music, songs and everything else around us, so, singing lullaby is out of fashion; for this reason you cannot hear any mother singing their lullaby to their children, I guess it is the sign of the time, people are not born singers, those young mothers were singing then because they had to, it was their job to keep their children quiet even if their singing was out of tune as long as their child was satisfied. You see, children are attention seeker, and they were happy, if they knew that there was somebody looking after them, and to hear their mother singing to them and rocking them would satisfy them and fall asleep. Anyhow, this is how it was done in the old days.
Beginning my life stories
Anyhow, I was saying that the old ladies were telling us stories when we were kids; I apologize for not being able to tell you any of those stories that my mother and my grandmother were telling me, they were good stories for us kids, since we kids would hear them many times and still we were interested in them, perhaps we were waiting for the heroes of the stories to do what they had to do to have their ways; but today I have forgotten most of these stories, therefore, I cannot tell you any of them. Anyhow, this is not the reason why I am writing this article; because what I want to tell you here, is the story of my life. I know that now you are thinking, what is wrong with this guy, why he wants to tell us the story of his life? Well it is because I cannot tell you a fairy tale anymore, since today people don’t believe anymore in fairies or fairy tales, and really, I don’t remember most of the tales that I have been told when I was young; so, I could not tell you much of a story; therefore, I am going to tell you the story of my life, because that is the only story that I know better than anybody else.
Now that I have decided to tell you my whole life story, starting with this article, (An old man life story), which is going to be also the name of my writings; I have also to say that there are other issues that have prompt me to write my life story, the main issues are written hereunder.
Firstly, I would like to write and tell you the story of to my life, in order to compare the ways of living between these days and the old time ways; since I believe that to tell a story and make sense to the listener or readers, there must be a purpose for it, so, if we try to compare this old man life story to today ways of living, then my story becomes more interesting for everybody.
Having said that, now I wonder what it would be like, if one could go back in time like in time travel fictions, how nowadays ways of living would have affected the older generations. You see, in the old days, time seemed to stand still and very little changes would happen, and if anything did happen it would happen very slowly, except when there were wars or other violent happenings, like earthquake or diseases that could kill lots of people around; whereas today everything changes very fast even when there are no wars, earthquake or disease; therefore, what is new today, in a few days may be said to be old. I hope you see what I mean?
Secondly, I am going to tell you, why I feel that I must write this story, and why I believe I have to write it. You see, I feel that every human being has a story to tell, and anyone of us can tell our own story, if we attach enough importance to the story that we want to tell. So, I feel that, if I tell you my life story, not only I become satisfied that I have written my own life story, but I would also feel that I am doing humanity a good service, because something can be learned from my life story. I believe that it is the life duty of any man to try to improve anything if one can, so, let me explain the way I feel about what could or would be the duty of any man here under.
Let any old man do his life duty, Al Gore did.
The Duty of any human being
The duty of any man, or human being can be divided in two folds; one of this duty is an idealistic duty about what a man should do for the betterment of humanity; the other duty is how a human being or man should behave during his life, in order to be viewed and thought to be of good character and everything else, which enhances the quality of life itself; because these two things is what distinguishes us from the animals’ world, and also from those do no good humans that want to rip off the rest of the human society for themselves.
Having said that, now let us start to talk about, that idealistic duty that a man is supposed to do during his life, since we believe that it would be a good thing for all humanity, as the aim is to do something for the betterment of all humanity.
Therefore, let us start from the beginning of our own lives, and use our own lives observations to decide what is the duty of any human being; we have reasons to believe that when a man (or woman) is born, they receive their gift of life from God and/or Mother Nature or whatever one believes there is that makes life possible on earth. Of course, all this is achieved through and from their parents, who are guided from their natural instinct to do what they have to do to bring on a new life, as we know this is the only way for life to reproduce itself and continue indefinitely.
Now, for life to evolve and become better, it is important that we all do our best, so, we should be careful what we do during our lives; therefore, this gift of life that we have received from God, Mother Nature or whatever we believe our lives come from, we have to be careful with it and we should endeavour to guard our own lives dearly, with all our inner will and physical strength, because our lives is a very special gift that we have received from God, if we believe in God, or from Mather Nature or whatever one believes in.
You see, there are reasons to believe that every one of us have our own ways of seeing this gift of life in different ways, but for those who believe in God have an extra special meaning, since God is the life giver of all existing life on earth. Therefore, the life duty of a man even in the eyes of God, is that a man must try to live his own life well, or at least as good as his parents have done before him, and if he can, he must try to improve the standard of life he has received. Now if there are any improvement that he has made during his life, they should be passed onto his children, so, the next coming generation that will come through him and from him will have a better standard of life that he has had during his life, since he has been able to improve that standard of life that he has received himself. So, let any man come forward and say what improvements he can contribute to humanity.
Now that I have described above what I think the life duty of any man should be, and of course believing every word that I have said, there is no way that I can avoid doing my duty for the improvement of future generations. Of course, by doing my duty as we have said above, not only I have achieved something good for the community at large, and therefore, I would feel that my life has been worthwhile living, because I have done something worthwhile during my life; otherwise, I would feel that life has passed me by and I have not done anything important, or contributed anything at all for the improvement of humanity and the future generations. For this reason, I believe that our life learning must be passed on for the betterment of all humanity. Now let me explain what I believe our other human duty is.
The most important man that ever lived
The other human duty to society
We have written above an idealistic duty of any human being, but there is another duty that everybody should follow and everybody must know what it is, because it is very simple; “do not do to others, what you would hate if anybody does it to you”. Anyhow, apart what has been said, here we want to become more personal and talk about ourselves, as we live our lives presently.
We human beings that pride ourselves to be at the top of all living being on earth, we should ask ourselves what is our duty during our lives, in order to do the right things and be proud of ourselves, just because we have done what is right; we believe that on earth we are like gods’ and can do anything we like, so, we are able to dominate all other living species, but what about our own specie; are we doing the right thing to other fellow man one may ask?
The answer to that question is hard to explain, because there are many wrong things that we still do in this world. You see, we would like to believe and behave like gods’, but really to be like god, we need to behave like God, and do certain duties that is worth of being called a good and benevolent god; but that is a hard thing to do. Anyhow, we don’t claim to be gods, because we believe that there is a spiritual God that is very powerful and is the master of heaven and earth, so, we can never claim to be that powerful, at least we understand that; for this reason we give up the idea of being gods; but let us see what our duty would be, if we want to be at the top of every living thing and feel that we have done our duty as well.
We believe that for mankind to stay at the top of everything and work in a positive way, a man should do his duty willingly; we believe that a man has got to do what a man has got to do, because this would be his life duty, anything that is detrimental to the rest of humanity and the living species must be avoided.
You see, we have this inborn wish within us that we would like to be seen as great people, or at least better than the average man that is beside us, when we do our duty willingly; so, let us talk about and see what our duty is, if we want to be seen and counted as a good and honest man, from the rest of the world community.
As we have said at the beginning, the duty of any man is two folds; the first duty is that a man has got to live his life honestly; by this we mean that he has got to try to live his life in a way that he is able to earn his own living, he should work at whatever work he is able to do during his life, and he should not try to steal anybody money or belongings, he should pay his bills and his rent in time and be always punctual with his payment and his work duty. All these things might seem hard to achieve, so, some people may not agree with what is being said here; but what we have said is easy to achieve, if you live a normal life and try to do it honestly.
This is our first duty to our community, and it covers the present time. The other idealistic duty that any of us can be called to fulfil, we have talked about at the beginning of this article. So, now let us go back to explain why our life learning should be passed on.
Passing on, our life learnings
Teaching is the art of passing knowledge to other people
Our life learning should be passed on to future generations
As we have said at the beginning of this article, our duty as human beings are that we must pass on what we have learned from life, for the betterment of future generations. So, I must start thinking what I can do to contribute to it; in order to achieve our own goal and do our own duty and contribute our share, so that, we can improve what we have received from life and what we have learned during our own life, I believe that we need to make a record of our lives experience, and then, we must try to see which way they can be used better.
In my case I believe that the best way to achieve that, is that I can write my own life story, in my life story, I am going to say what the previous generation have taught me, and then, what I have learned myself during my life, and thus, by writing my life story I am passing on my knowledge for the benefit of future generations. You see, this is just another reason for writing an old man life story, and publish it in Hub Pages, I need also to write most of my life observation down and any other life experiences, in such a way that they can be understood and make sense to whosoever reads them.
In my life story, I know that some of my life happenings and observation, sometimes may feel strange, especially those observations that have something to do with my psychological way of imaginary love life and other things of that nature. Therefore, I am warning my readers not to give too much weight to those observation when they come across and read them, if they don’t agree with them or they don’t understand them fully; you see, every one of us is different, so, we perceive those psychological things in a different way.
Anyhow, if I must do my duty, to improve what I have received from life, I am going to tell you my own life experiences, even if they are going to be boring and seem strange at times, as I am sure that they are going to seem strange every now and then, so much so that one would think that they may be like a metamorphose. But because a man has got to do what a man has got to do, I am doing it anyhow; so, may God help me achieve that!
Anyhow, this article is becoming too long, therefore, I will continue to tell my life story in my next article called, A man life story, or journey, because I need to give every article a new name. See you soon in my next article of my life story.
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