Wednesday, November 01, 2006


What does it mean to live life?

It would seem to me that many modern westerners live their lives vicariously through the medium of media. It is a vent of all our modern ages pent up desires funneled through a safe means that is not only without consequences, but is socially acceptable. Passion, war, love, adventure, action are desires innate to the human psychology but no longer acceptable in North American sociology, much less ecclesiology. But is not rejecting core human components rejecting the meaning of humanity, the distinctive between us and other living organisms? What is a live lived thorough artificial means? It is fake, simulated physical and emotional risk that is, that must be, incomparable to its real human origins. Imitation can never be as good as the original.

So we, modern humanity, have given up our natures for simulations on a screen wishing that we were the ones behind the gun or kiss—and silently we mourn the death of some inner desire that longs for that life. We are taught from a young age the rule of safety—everything in this society is focused on living life within this parameter. Isn’t society better off for it? Aren’t we happier because we live longer lives than ever before in the history of mankind? Perhaps it is time to reconsider the meaning of life and the social rule that a long life is always preferable to a short one. The first question one asks of a deceased person is the age when he/she passed away. Why can life not be judged by the fullness of life and the impact it made instead of age? It is time to live life and judge it by fullness, not length; impact, and not wealth.

Sometimes to live life fully one must risk greatly. But is not an attempt at full human life worth the thousand daily deaths we die in this sterile environment? Would an early death pursuing full life not be considered gain?
These are the questions we must ask.


Anonymous said...

Wow, why don't you just write for a living. You'd be good, make your own hours- live cheap, come on that has Brent written all over it. K-maybe not but whatev

Lindsay said...

Wow is right.. i told you before that you should write a book. Now it's two against one!

B├ęthany said...

here here. And why do people whittle Christianity down to living safely...keeping away from all the bad stuff that might kill you like alcohol, smoking, crime...taking care to colour between the lines...when did we turn it into that? there are things that are worth paying your life to achieve...their are things that are worth living for, dying for. risks worth gold

Polythene Pam said...

Ooo, Brent, you know how it makes me when you get all intelectual! No, seriously though, this is something I've thought a lot about. Written a bit about too. But I don't have the energy to contribute anything profound becuase I just poured ALL of my mental capcity into a test and a paper (which I was very pleased with thankfully).
This is something I call the "fast food syndrom" (though, or course, I didn't make that up entirely on my own) - that we sacrifice the quality and the real for something immediately satisfying.
It's a big deal.
Ok last thought on this, "Bordom is a chronic symptom of a pleasure obsessed age. When pleaure becomes one's priority, the result, ironically, is bordom." Gene Veith
Mmkay, bubye.

Jimmy said...

Don't assume I can't climb it too, just because you're the mountain guide now. We'll do it on our trip.

Justin Nanfelt said...

I second that! We ain't scurred

HBryson said...

why ask. why not just ride it out? see what happens and enjoy it and suffer it.

Kuri said...

Prepare for the invasion of a lifetime. kim and kuri will be entering canada in a matter of days to wreak havoc and them canadians wont know what hit them!