Think out of your shell.

29 Feb

I was talking to a friend the other day and she said one of the most profound things I had ever heard. I was pretty much speechless.

Yeah, I know… me….speechless?!? It DOES happen.

Amidst my excitement that she was against marriage and children and that we had something to bemoan about in a foreign country (plus she was not from the States so I was comforted by the thought that perhaps the rest of the world isn’t as crazy as Americans can be about becoming unhappily wedded baby making machines, to live, work, die, buy property, change diapers, and absorb copious amounts of Starbucks and McDonald’s) she said this:

“I just don’t understand how people can go on to live normal lives when there are so many out there that do not even have the option of any sort of normalcy in theirs.”

Bam!

Are you thinking now???

I am.

What an interesting concept and one that I have believed in without even knowing it. There re so many terrible things happening in the world, but people can so easily crawl into their personal turtle shells of a life and live contently without even thinking about others. Others who do not have enough to eat, or find themselves in a form of slavery, or who cannot afford education much less a new pair of shoes, or have no place to call a home at all. How is it that it is so easy to go on living a completely normal life as if everything is peachy keen, when it is not for so many? Sure settling down and doing the accepted general life path is what we all think we should do. But do we ever stop to wonder about the others who aren’t as fortunate and don’t have ANY options much less the daily options of our excessive and lavish lives?

Perhaps we need to chew on more contemplation and consciousness of our role in the world and in the human race before we chew on more dinners at fancy restaurants and societal means to our very plentiful end.

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One Response to “Think out of your shell.”

  1. jackson hunt March 12, 2012 at 1:26 PM #

    AS much as i agree with you, i think its more about action then contemplation. If we remain still and contemplate i would say its the same as living life in your shell. Don’t prevent living your life because of someone else’s misfortune, make helping them part of you life. This can be done even when you are married and have kids…just a thought

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