Sometimes it might be right, that a smile, a little word can actually change your day around. Or the person next to you. But I think this is what we are all looking for. This is what we are all searching. It is not the work we live for but because work takes up so much time of our life, our view on things gets clouded. But love, appreciation and kindness are the things we want to have in life and Hans is very right that we should be generous with it while we can. Because at some point we might not feel any of it and our world will look dark and gray. And it could well be the one odd smile you just send out to the world which makes someone else’s life a little brighter.
I think behind all our strive for happiness lies the one goal in life. Finding the one person, the one love. It is not that we could ever define who this person might be or how this love will look like, but when we eventually find it, we will know. With so many people on earth, it is probably quite unlikely that everyone will find the one person he or she was meant for. But when we have the chance to share our life with someone, and be it only for a certain time, we should try to share a little bit of our happiness and luck by just being a little bit more friendly to the world and the people that live in it.
So, January is approaching its end very quickly and this means the first 31 days in 2009 will be over soon. And we are continuing to share our limited view on earth here. Yes, as Eyal wrote, our view here is quite narrow, but on the other hand, we all have to deal with the little things (as they are compared to the huge problems of the world) in our lives. Which in a way means we will continue to try to open up our view and sometimes look up from our life to the grand scale of life.
Sometimes, all it takes, is a smile, a kind word or just a slight nod with your head at the right moment. Sometimes, all it takes is a hug or a kiss. Being embraced by someone you love, just to feel that same person in the same room as you. Sometimes, all it takes is just a bit of sunlight between the skies, the moon staring down on a clear night or the thousands of stars shining in the sky. Sometimes, all it takes is very little. Just a bit more effort, just a bit more thought or just a bit more time. Sometimes, all it takes is just the right person at the right time in the right place.
Never forget that you might be that person. Tonight. Tomorrow. The day after. That, we might never know, but are you willing to take the chance? Make the most of what we have, and be a little extra for those you love, the people you work with, and indeed, even the people you just pass in the street. Sometimes, a smile can go a long way. Never forget, you might have that smile someone is looking for to brighten their day.
Life might not always be happy and glorious, but we are a product of our experiences, and how we deal with difficulties is what defines us as humans. Therefore, be someone, for yourself and for the others around you. Smile. Laugh. Listen. Cheer. Or just nod your head slightly. Show respect. And never forget, one day, you need it too.
Sometimes, all it takes, is a small thing.
tHe Perfect moment.
We are one, as one world, as one mankind, as one species. We share all there is to share, wether we want to or not. What one does affects the next one, and what thousands do affect millions. For all to succeed every one must succeed.
It takes everyone, as Eyal said, but it also takes everyone. Every single one of us must do our best in the effort and struggle it will be, to keep our world a peaceful place, the ecosystem in balance and our planet alive. It takes all of manking to accomplish this. And that is why we must not forget that we are all a part of that. Mankind. We are one. We share the joys and the sorrows, success and failure, in this, the greatest task ever given, we will share. Like it or not.
Every single one of us will matter. Every single one of us must matter. It takes everyone. But it also takes everyone.
togetHer as one. all People.
This blog although we attempt to be very broad and philosophical it’s subjects are limited to the few that write and read it, I think that Georg’s post was something that needed to have been said, because we cannot always look inwards at the problems of ourselves.
The problems of the world shall not be solved through everyone working for themselves, we as society as humanity must work with each other for each other for only together are we strong.
It takes only one person to look up to discover the stars, but it takes hundreds to go there.
Read Georg’s post and remember that we are all on this earth together, be you terrorist or freedom fighter, militant or military, actor or banker, mother or father, your life is no more or less precious than anyone else’s to take someone’s life is just as bad as them taking yours.
I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible, Jew, gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another, human beings are like that. We all want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone and the earth is rich and can provide for everyone.
The way of life can be free and beautiful.
But we have lost the way.
Greed has poisoned men’s souls – has barricaded the world with hate; has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed but we have shut ourselves in: machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical, our cleverness hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little: More than machinery we need humanity; More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.
The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men, cries out for universal brotherhood for the unity of us all. […] The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress: the hate of men will pass and dictators die and the power they took from the people, will return to the people and so long as men die [now] liberty will never perish…
You the people have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness. You the people have the power to make life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy let’s use that power – let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world,
a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give you the future and old age and security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power, but they lie. They do not fulfill their promise, they never will. Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people. Now let us fight
to fulfil that promise. Let us fight to free the world, to do away with national barriers, do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness.
Charlie Chaplin “The great Dictator” – 1940
First of all, even though it is quite late and I am tired; your post was thoughtfull and an important one my friend, and quite interesting to read if you read a bit between the lines… If I am allowed to do that?
But what happens if we feel we ARE the label we have been given? Or that the label is an integral part of who we are? Take myself as an example, I am the ninth generation of my family with a straight line of forefathers all bearing ny name. I was raised with the knowledge of those persons, my grandad told me stories of who they where and what they did, and as he himself had the same name, and more importantly, being my grandad, I listened closely with eyes and ears to what he said. So much infact, that I realise, years later, it is very important to me to do something that makes me feel I have earned the name. No one ever said anything about it, and no one ever expected anything because of it. But yet, I feel that I need to deserve the right to carry this name. Because of the people who had it before me.
Yet, this is wrong. This is the one label I don’t have to earn, this one was given to me at birth and it is mine as long as I want it or until I die. Other labels… I like to think that it is an honour to be given nicknames by friends and family, that they give you one or more other names to call you by is something I regard as a sign of respect. These labels are earned, you get one in certain conditions or situations and it is given based upon how you act, behave or speak perhaps. You do something to earn it. (And often impossible to get rid off… )
But what would happen if one who feels that his name is very important to him, one day wake up and it is stripped away from him forever? Is he then less of the person he was before, or is he simply not the same person anymore?
And what if there were no labels expect cold numerical logic?
It is so true what Eyal wrote. And yet again he asked and answered the big questions: Who are we? What makes us the person we are? And what impression of our personality do we give away to our outside world by just the simple things like names or appearance..?
A guy here on the world wide web who also writes a blog (much more frequently than we do, but not better because of this) has also talked about this subject a little. And he came up with a very easy way to describe certain things. A lot of the things that seem to determine us are just labels we or society put on us. Your name is probably one of the first labels you ever get in your life. We have the tendency to give everything a name, so we can call it something. We are constantly labeling our world. When we are born, the first label we get assigned to is our name. We have nothing to say in that matter and we cannot fight against it. Usually we grow up and we are very used to be called a certain way. If you decide at some point that this label doesn’t describe you well enough you could feel that you want to change it. That is fine for you, but ripping of the label won’t change the person you are. If you were a kind person before, you will be afterwards and the same if you were a bad person before. So here we are, labels are everything and seem to determine our life. But they only know black and white and are missing the greys in between.
We are constantly putting labels on us and the world surrounding us. But usually they are not very accurate. Or they are just very general. To use the example Eyal gave. Israel… what does it first and above all mean – yes it is a name. Our mind and current media attach additional labels to this name and those labels are carried on and applied to the simple name as well.
Another example: If you call yourself gay, you attach a label to yourself. If you wanna do that or not if up to you. At some point the people will do it anyway. But this label says a lot: You are wearing funny clothes, makeup, you like the colour pink, you will die of AIDS and you walk like a woman. What it didn’t say is one simple thing: It only means you are attracted by the same gender. All the other things might or might not apply to you… but the label stamps all the other things on your forehead.
One last example: We might label the colour of a flower red. We agree on the fact that this label is accurate, but who can tell that if I call something red it looks the same looking through someone else’s eyes? We cannot.
It is obvious we need labels to organise our everyday life. Chaos would be the result if we would stop to do that. But we should be careful not to over-interpret a meaning into it where there is none. Or accept that a label might not fully fit for everyone just because the person accomplishes one simple element of it… like, you might be called Israel, be gay or call a flower red.
Georg is just a label…