Its your Life

Here’s a piece i wrote for the Leke Alder’s “Insightful responses to the 3SIX5 topic” . It was a Facebook discussion on his 3SIX5 topic  “It’s Your Life”… see the full gist here  (..and no, that isn’t me in the picture o!)

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it’s your life….but its not…

its kind of like the principle of ‘wave-particle’ duality in physics… how can too conflicting ideas be both true? in the case of the 5th 3six5, its a case of precedence, and I’ll explain…

The greatest people in life didn’t have a life… i mean, they lived for something beyond the concept of personal gratification that is so pervasive in today’s society… indeed they gained their life by losing it… losing it to a cause much greater than themselves… something or someone took over…it wasn’t their life anymore , they were driven. For these people, their every desire was for Another’s will, for a city not built by human hands, for a land where men weren’t judged by their skin colour, for the poorest of the poor in Calcutta, for a whole new world with electricity, for truths that were self evident, for freedom from apartheid or for a computer in every home. Some of these people gave everything for causes high & noble, others gave all for causes small & heartfelt…all in all, they gave because of a sense of purpose…these people were owned! These people had the right precedence, without which the 5th 3six5 will be applied towards a mediocre life or a destructive life…or both.

On the other hand, the concept of purpose & causes has led so some of the worst human tragedies from the 2nd world war to Guyana…not because the concept of purpose is wrong but because its content in such instances was wrong and came from wrong sources. Moreover, blind adoption of ‘2nd hand’ causes makes people mediocre, dogmatic, legalistic, bureaucratic and … (i ran out of big words). However, in the context of which the 5th 3six5 was stated, ‘3rd party’ opinion serves mostly to discourage people from true purpose, thus it’s safe to say that the 5th 3six5 is not only wise, but it is also mandatory for people with true vision, i.e. if they want to stay on track…

…at this point i’m counting the number of times i have been scolded openly or indirectly for not hustling my way into the comfort of the oil industry after a good 1st degree in chemical engineering… i listened to their strong points which were expressed mostly indirectly … but i’ve been called to bring wisdom to decision makers and to build growing systems, so, if they listened hard enough, they would have heard me saying “it’s my life”…

“it’s your life…but it’s not”, this statement only sounds conflicting but actually the 2 angles serve to advance and reinforce each other… just like in the principle of ‘wave-particle’ duality…

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