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5 Things I Cannot Live Without

Updated on September 16, 2015
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Anarchist. Atheist. Childfree. Vegan. Environmentalist. Citizen of the world. Animal Rights Abolitionist.

Nature's grandeur visible on clear days at the Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand, India
Nature's grandeur visible on clear days at the Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand, India

When you are asked to name the five things you cannot live without, what comes into your mind?

Once I was asked the same and, believe me, I couldn't answer immediately. I was confused and didn't know exactly what to say. It was as if no matter how clear the question was I couldn't grasp it. It seemed like the answers were easy but actually not and I pondered and it really took me a while to say, "Yeah, what are the things I cannot live without? What are these five things I value the most in my life?" So, I really thought hard, I recalled, I imagined, I assessed, I figured out everything about my life and I found these answers....

1. Freedom

I imagined myself being a bird trapped in a 2x2x3 feet cage and I detested it. I wanted to escape, I wanted a wider space to roam around, I wanted to fly low and high, I wanted to see what's out there beyond the visibility of my cage... I wanted to be free. Yes! Free to do what I am capable of without causing harm or trouble to anyone. I wanted to be in a place where everyone values each other's liberty, where everyone is happy to just see that I am happy doing the things I wanted to do. I wanted to be in a situation where nobody holds me from making me do the things I used to do.

Freedom means a lot to all of us...to both humans and animals! We need to possess it otherwise we will revolt for it, we will fight for it.

I have it. What about you? What does freedom mean to you?

Love is not selective. If it is selective, it's not love at all.
Love is not selective. If it is selective, it's not love at all. | Source

2. Love

Love, for me, means showing care and concern to another person or being. It is the kindness, compassion and affection that we show to any other being. It is getting involved with someone's life and getting the same in return. It speaks out for justice and empathy. It protests when harm is being done.

But this love is something that is NOT exclusive to one person, like your husband or wife, or child. It is not exclusive to one group of people like your friends, relatives or family circle. This love embodies even the stranger. It is the kind which advocates what Christ wanted to, "Love your neighbor as you love yourself." Thus, this love knows that we are all interconnected, thus treats the "other" as oneself.

And this love does not end in showing affection to the human population. It extends to non-human animals as well, for as human beings who can do something more and better gives us the choice to choose to be more compassionate, more affectionate, more intelligent and more kind to the other creatures and living things that share this only planet with us. It values the right of others to be here on earth, thus, it never deliberately inflicts harm, agony or pain. It always wants to do good.

Love, therefore, is not selective. So when you say you love, you've got to assess what kind of love it is or is it even love that you feel? For if your love is only for the few, it isn't love at all!

This is the kind of love I cannot live without. What about you?

3. Nature

Forests and wildlife, valleys and mountains, oceans and seas, rivers and streams, skies and stars, trees, bushes, grasses and flowers, I would never trade them for buildings and all the other man-made creations in the world. I have realized that I am part of it. I am one of the tiny things that mostly benefit from all the wonders it gives. And I am not stupid to think that I am bigger than what it is. I have accepted that nature is undoubtedly indifferent. It does not care if it nurtures or destructs, protects or harms. It does what it wants, when it wants, where it wants, how it wants.

I can also clearly see that it CAN exist without me, or you or any other being but I know that I, or you CANNOT exist without it. So I have told myself to live a life that is always in harmony with nature.

How about you?


4. Knowledge

One time I was told that too much knowledge is dangerous and I strongly disagreed. Knowledge is infinite, so we can never know when it gets too much (if there is a thing like "too much"). But there is only little or half knowledge and negative knowledge.

It is little knowledge when a person is satisfied with getting half-information about something, like being fine with knowing that a river could be dangerous without asking "why" it could be dangerous or holding an unquestioned belief because an authority says so.

It is negative knowledge when a person still continues to believe at something which has been proven wrong, like believing the earth is flat when it is not.

These are far more dangerous than having too much of knowledge.

Knowledge is power. What you do about it matters the most. And the more knowledge one has the more confident he/she gets to face whatever there is to face in life. And I would rather have much knowledge than have none or a little of it. You?

Imagination makes things possible.
Imagination makes things possible. | Source

5. Imagination

What works faster than lightning? Imagination!

A person can be in his usual place but when his mind or imagination works it can take him wherever he wants to go, it can make him do whatever he wants to do.

Batman, Superman, and Spiderman were born because one has imagined a superhero who would save the oppressed ones from their oppressors and protect the good guys from the bad guys. They are not real, for sure, but these products of imagination have entertained millions of people all over the world. Can we blame our imagination?

One is able to cope with depression or loneliness because of imagination. Another could be happy talking to her teddy bears, giving them names and characters and making stories about her and her bears. Fun, isn't it?

Then a guy has imagined a bomb, made it and used it. This is the other side of imagination. It is not pure good. It has a dark side of its own and who uses it, how he's going to use it makes the big difference.

So like everything else in life, there is always good and bad, boon and bane. There is nowhere on earth where we can find a place that is inhabited by only good people doing all good. But what makes a man a man? I would rather say it is the choices he makes. And one of these choices is to choose to do good and better things out of his imagination. What do you say?

So, there's the five things I cannot live without. How about yours?

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    • Victoria Lynn profile image

      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Those are 5 great things! Well done! Voted up and everything but funny. Sharing with followers, too!

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      Mary Wickison 4 years ago from Brazil

      Thank you Victoria Lynn for sharing this.

      Wow!

      I paused before I started to read your choices. I too couldn't think of 5 immediately, they were too materialistic, too shallow. The type of thoughts one has when they dream of winning the lottery.

      Your choices are perfect.

      Wonderful read, thank you.

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      Astralrose 4 years ago from India

      Victoria Lynn-Thanks for your votes. You're the first!

      Blond Logic- You are right! I have read many articles with the same title but most are on the materialistic side including winning the lottery, huh! Thanks!

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Five great choices. This was interesting form beginning to end. It would be a good idea for each of us to make our own personal list so that we are reminded of the treasures we have.

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      Astralrose 4 years ago from India

      Exactly, Pstraubie48! It would be great if you could list yours, too! Be glad to read it.

      Thanks!

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      I agree that each of these things are very important. I really enjoyed your hub and think it is very nicely done.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      I agree these are the five things I could not live with out. I think I would have add family. Great hub voted up.

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      Astralrose 4 years ago from India

      It feels good to know you, too, like this hub, Pamela99. Thanks a lot!

      Moonlake, family is another thing but I think they fall in love. Thanks for voting it up!

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      irvinetraveller 4 years ago from California

      You have a nice writing style and I look forward to reading more of your Hubs.

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      Astralrose 4 years ago from India

      Thank you Irvinetraveller! I never noticed I have writing style though I always thought of ways to improve it better :-)

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      Cindy Pierre 4 years ago from Nevada

      Great answers, well thought out!

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      Astralrose 4 years ago from India

      Thank you, Angel4967!

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      Marie Flint 4 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida USA

      Astral Rose, you have written a very thought-provoking article. I would give the substance rating a "10." It's nice to know there are kindred spirits in this world. As for nature, it is a reflection of us--our wants, feelings, etc. There is a matter of mass consciousness, the collective consciousness of the human race. As individuals, we often inadvertently dwell on negatives without much thought about the consequences. And so, we have storms, earthquakes, and so forth. As we evolve to a heavenly state, our environment will begin to reflect that beauty and calm. Knowledge is a precursor to wisdom. I agree with you that we can't have "too much." It has often been said that the average thinker only uses about ten percent of his brain.

      If I were to make any changes to this article, I'd probably save all the "what about you" phrases for the very end and simply pose the question at the very end, as you have done. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings. The image of the bird in the cage was very effective!

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      Chin chin 4 years ago from Philippines

      I agree that I also can't live without these things. May I add that I also can't live without faith because it is one thing that connects me to my Creator. A very nice hub, astralrose. Congrats for being nominated in the HubNuggets.

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      Astralrose 4 years ago from India

      Marie Flint, thank you so much for reading through this. I often think how to write articles that are short but still informative and effective considering not all readers have much time to read long ones. I'll keep your suggestion in mind, might try next time!

      Thanks a lot for the "10"...10 out of 10, right? :-)

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      Astralrose 4 years ago from India

      Thanks, Chin chin! Faith would be one thing for most religious people. Will be looking forward to your "5 Things", too!

      Hubnuggets was fun. I really enjoyed it...didn't know it was there! Huh! Got to go around here to get more familiar with Hubpages...

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      Stacy Harris 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Intersesting hub. For me... I know I can't live without family... they are the most important thing for me. But you hit it on the nose when you said you had to sit and think about this for awhile.

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      PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi,

      I had started a message to you when I followed you back and the electricity went off for ten minutes---probably a brown out.

      However, I enjoyed your hub it was beautiful and profound.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Astralrose 4 years ago from India

      Hello, PurvisBobbi44 - Thanks for dropping by and appreciating this hub! It really feels great to know that readers, like you, found this hub enjoyable to read.

      I experienced the same with you while browsing your hubs. India experiences more than just 10 minutes power cut every day, which is very frustrating because it happens not just once but many times a day-unscheduled!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Greatly deep hub in such a small amount of words! For me, Almighty God because from him, all things come.....freedom, love....and many others. He has to be first for me. He gave me freedom years ago from the cage I was in of my faults and sin. My wife and child are next definitely, and the rest of it I have to think about.

      You see? You made me deeply reflective, and for that you're getting voted up and shared and face booked! Great job!

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      Astralrose 4 years ago from India

      Thanks for dropping by, sharing and voting this hub up Kasman. Certainly everyone has his/her own "things" he/she cannot live without.

      I am happy this hub makes you reflective!

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      I think I do not have my ready answer at the moment but will have to think about it...One thing is for sure now a days though, I can't live without my cellphone and without an internet. Lol!

      Kidding aside, good stuff in this hub. Way to go and goodluck!

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      Astralrose 3 years ago from India

      Sure...and maybe one day I'll find that hub of yours in here! Lol...

      Thanks for the feedback, CrisSp!

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      savvydating 3 years ago

      You hit the nail on the head. Frankly, I don't know that there is anything else to add, as the five things you mentioned are all-important; they work together beautifully to create wholeness in one's life, as well as the drive and ability to create actual things, like computers, houses, and infrastructure.

      An interesting and astute summary of what's important in life!

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      Astralrose 3 years ago from India

      Hey Savvydating, thank you for your comment. I also believe they are the most important things in one's life which affect/benefit others lives greatly!

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      Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina

      This is a beautiful and thought provoking hub. When I first read the title I immediately thought of 'material' objects. I was surprised, and delighted, when your hubs were about ideals and values. I loved your list. This hub gives me an opportunity to ponder my own list of five. Thanks for sharing. UP/U/I/A/B and sharing.

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      Astralrose 3 years ago from India

      Hi Denise, I am glad my list is giving you the opportunity to ponder your own list. Hope to read yours anytime soon. Thanks a lot for the votes.

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      REKHA ANAND 3 years ago

      hi..this is really a thought provoking hub. Most of the time we run after materialistic things. If we really think over we can live without materialistic things but can't live without the precious things mentioned in your hub. nice reading experience..

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      Adrien 20 months ago

      beautiful, thanks

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      Astralrose 20 months ago from India

      @Rekha Anand, you are right! We can live without material things, we just seem to think that we can't because of habits. I'm glad you had a nice time reading this hub. Thank you!

      @Adrien Richards, thank you!

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