..and when the sun rises again tomorrow, we'll see how far we've come ...

..and when the sun rises again tomorrow, we'll see how far we've come ...

... just to remind myself why I'm doing this ...

Depending on our personalities, the world can be a crowded place or a very lonely one. For those who seek comfort in numbers, there is no shortage of hangers on, but for those who avoid that circus, keeping thier own counsel can leave them feeling quite alone and disengaged from the mad place we call home. Life is a trade off and most of us choose how we live it.

For me, I'd rather work things out as best I can, using my own thoughts and feelings to sort things out. Following the crowd has never been a temptation to me, but that has its price, one that I'm totally comfortable with every day I get to stand up and be the person I aspire to be. When I sometimes lose track of who that is, I come here to remember, to reconnect and to resume my quest.

These posts are a reflection of some of what matters to me and it's a privilege to have the opportunity to collect these thoughts as they form in my head, as they prepare the way for my life, as it evolves from one day to the next. They re-inspire me when things seem to be floating about, with no particular aim or purpose, and it does happen from time to time.

So, today I had these thoughts that I think are worth writing down for the future me to look back on when I need to ...

Saturday, April 27, 2013

praising the dead is so selfish ...it only replaces a lost opportunity to appreciate the living

Why is it ... that we have all kinds of "nice and wonderful" things to say about people AFTER they die but can't be bothered to tell them, or the rest of the world, what we think of them while they're around to appreciate the sentiments? I get sick and tired of all the posthumous praise and glory we gush at the passing of an acquaintance, at all the ramblings that are offered up by attention seekers which the media so liberally slathers all over, as if it were some sincere tribute. If any of it were sincere, it should have been directed at the individual who happens to be at the centre of all the adulation, while they were alive and moving among these "adulators".

If the person of interest was deserving of such an outpouring of praise, it would likely be widely known and we don't need a bunch of attention seekers to tell us that. If the praise was due, it should have been expressed directly to the individual where it would actually mean something, the most, and where it would enrich the life of the person who earned it. It does them no good after they are gone. It only serves to mollify the guilt of uncaring, unappreciative but living organisms that couldn't be bothered to take the time to say something when it would have been worthwhile. Shame on all of them.

Let's change this ridiculous behaviour. Let's do something to let the people who deserve our praise know they are appreciated and thank them for their contribution to our lives, the lives of others, and the world at large. If we do that we will have made a huge difference to so many deserving people and in doing so we will enhance the lives of everyone else at the same time. I believe this is a worthwhile objective, and I will personally pursue it at every opportunity that I recognize as one. If you agree, do something about it too.

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