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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

helpless thought

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  • The belief that there is a reason for everything fatigues me.  I’ve held it and lost it, and have come to the point of making it to be so.  What I mean is this:  If I can find no good in a situation, I will try to find a way to use it for good.  I will try to provide a reason for a tragedy when no reason seems to be there.  I consider it my responsibility.  It is as if I have internalized the existence of God.  I work to be Him when he seems missing or at least invisible.

    Over the last year or so, I have toyed with the idea that every unfortunate circumstance is an opportunity for the living.  Every problem is an opportunity to each of us to provide a solution - or at least provide something good - and thereby increase our value to those around us.

    This is what you do in this piece just by sharing it.  I have tried to do it a few times, but only with fiction.  I liked what you wrote more and more as I read it but the part about there being a reason for everything bothered me.  However, I see a parallel between that faith and the faith I have in people - that if I offer them $5 to write anything, they won’t just write some garbage to take my money.  It all ties together for me very nicely, but since this is just a comment, I’ll leave the details for a separate post.

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  10/18  at  07:56 PM
  • hmmm so u do beleive in the fact that there is a reason behind everything, why else will you try to find good in every situation , or try to find a reason for every tragedy. it is this belief that keeps us all going. it might fatigue u but its the only thing that helps us stand up again. i know its hard to stand in the middle of ur own family’s graveyard with people telling u that there is a reason behind it but it is this thought that gives us hope when everything else fails to do that. it helps us walk out of the graveyard , to live a life of our own till God allows. it is only this belief that keeps us alive and stops our longing to die along with the rest.

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  10/19  at  02:43 AM
  • I believe that there *can be* a reason behind everything, but in many cases, it is up to me to put it there.

    Normally, the reason for a thing exists before the thing itself.  I’m ok with reversing that, and when I don’t see a reason, I invent one.  It seems to me that that is our job.  Maybe it is the meaning of life - to invent reasons for things that don’t have any clear reason and then act as though the thing happened for that reason in the first place.

    There are two ways to appreciate the idea that there is a reason behind everything: 1) The reason is there without me and I have only to search until I find it. 2) The reason is not there until someone puts it there.  In my opinion, the first way is bad because it encourages laziness and low self-esteem.  It is the second way that I champion because it is motivating and makes me feel important.

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  10/19  at  01:26 PM
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