5 Things I Cannot Live Without
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....
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, 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?
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?
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?
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?