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“What Defines Me?”

By Larry John

 

Joseph Campbell said, “Life has no meaning. We give it meaning. Follow your BLISS.”

It is no secret that each of us gives “our spin” to the meaning of life. Some say it is COUNTRY. Some say it is RELIGION. Some say is WORLD PEACE. Some give meaning to their life through FAMILY. Some give meaning to their life by dedicating themselves to MONEY. Some dedicate their lives and give meaning to their life through MUSIC. Some search for defining their life by seeking FAME. Some give meaning to their life through SCIENCE. Some give meaning to their life through BUSINESS. Some give meaning to their life through ART. Some give meaning to their life by THINKING. Some give meaning to their life by WRITING. Some give meaning to their life by fighting for CONSERVATION. Some give meaning to their life by trying to PLEASE THEIR PARENTS. Some give meaning to life through their CHILDREN. Some give meaning to life by the beautification and decoration of their HOMES. Some give meaning to life through PETS and ANIMALS. Some of us give meaning to life by choosing WHERE THEY LIVE. Some give meaning to life by the CARS or MOTORCYCLES they have. Some give meaning to life by the LOGOS they wear. Some of us give meaning to life through IDOL (Human or man made) WORSHIP. Some give meaning to life through HEALTH and EXERCISE. Some give meaning to life through the CLOTHES they wear. Some give meaning to life through OOGA BOOGA and SCI-FI thinking. Some give meaning to life through their enjoyment of DANCING. Some give meaning of life through WAR. Some give meaning to life through REVENGE. Some give meaning to life through LOVE. Some give meaning to life through HATE. Some give meaning to their life by GIVING. Some give meaning by TAKING. Some give meaning to life through MOTIVATING others. Some give meaning to their life through their POSSESSIONS and PROPERTY. Some give meaning to their life by their DEDICATION to their Husband, Wife, Partner, or Friends. Some give meaning to their life through MOVIES and TV. Some give meaning to their lives through COOKING. Some give meaning to their lives by EATING. Some give meaning to their life through HUMOR. Some give meaning to their lives by COLLECTING THINGS and STUFF. Some give meaning to their life by GROWING OLD. Some give meaning to life by YOUTHFUL LOOKS and THINKING. Some give meaning to their life by a dark TAN. Some give meaning to life through their HAIR STYLE or MUSTACHE. Some give meaning to life by the COLOR of their hair. Some give meaning to life by the speed by which they TYPE. Some give meaning to life through COMPUTERS. Some give meaning to their life through PHOTOGRAPHY. Some of us give meaning to our lives by TRAVELING the world. Some of us give meaning to our lives through TEACHING. Some give meaning to life through GOD. Some give meaning to life through GARDENING. Some give meaning to life through CONTROLLING others. Some give meaning to life by being OPPRESSED.  Some give meaning to life by BEING FREE. Some give meaning to life by KILLING. Some give meaning to life by CRYING. Some give meaning to life by LAUGHING. Some give meaning to life through ARTS and CRAFTS. Some give meaning to life through SEX. Some give meaning to life by BEING A SOMEBODY. Some give meaning to life by HAVING NO LIFE. Some give meaning to life through their ability to COMMUNICATE. Some give meaning to life by MATERIALISM, CAPITALISM, COMMUNISM, and all the “ISMS.” Some give meaning to life through the membership in ROTARY, etc. Some give meaning to life by being INTELLIGENT. Some give meaning to life by being DUMB. Some give meaning to life through DRUGS. Some give meaning to life through CAREER. Some give meaning to life through SPORTS. Some give meaning to life through WINNING. Some give meaning to life through LOSING. Some give meaning to life through NATURE. Some give meaning to life through CHESS, CHECKERS, HORSE SHOES, and BILLIARDS. Some give meaning to their lives by attention to DETAIL. Some give meaning to life by not paying attention to DETAILS. Some give meaning to life through NUDITY. Some give meaning to life by COVERING UP the human body. Some give meaning to life through HARD WORK. Some give meaning to life through RELAXATION. And the “MEANINGS” of life go on and on. There is not shortage of MEANINGS for life.

If Joseph Campbell was right, “Life has no meaning. We give it meaning. Follow your BLISS.” The secret to happiness and joy is for each of us to give MEANING to our lives by “following our BLISS.”

For me “THINKING” defines me. Thinking, pondering, wondering, discovering, enlightenment, seeing things as they really are (not necessarily as I want them to be), creating, concentrated meditation, considering facts, dreaming, imagining, looking at the possibilities, calculating, weighing the consequences, evaluating, and striving to go in my mind where no person has ever gone before only to find out that someone else or millions of others have already gone before. THINKING gives MEANING to my LIFE and DEFINES ME!

Think about it.