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Saturday, March 10, 2018

The Eternal Answer to What Should I Do (Life Guide)

If you are ever questioning what you should do...in careers, relationships, or anything, you should do what you love, or follow your bliss as comparative religion expert Joseph Campbell (an influence of Star Wars writer George Lucas) labeled it...

"If you do follow your bliss,
you put yourself on a kind of track
that has been there all the while waiting for you,
and the life you ought to be living
is the one you are living.
When you can see that,
you begin to meet people
who are in the field of your bliss.." 

The concept of doing what is truest to you can also be seen in Shakespeare's famous line "To
 thine own self be true" (Hamlet) and in the writings of Lord of the Rings author Tolkein's work Music of the Ainur (in Silmarillion)...

"Eru brought all the Ainur together and declared that they would play a song greater and more complex than they had ever sung before. He told them that they would be allowed to weave their own thoughts and ideas into this Music, since they had been kindled with the Flame Imperishable and thus had the power of creativity."

And in that story, as in all of these stories founded on an original concept behind myth, there is a dark lord that rose that hated the diversity of the music or freedoms of the individuals.  Melkor in this story, Darth Vador (and others) in Star Wars, and etc.  Today, that power that has arisen is the Republican party in the United States and Trump as it's chosen leader.  Like other fascist dictators of the past and those in other parts of the world, they have one enemy in their global quest of influence ... FREE WILL. 

It was the threat of the Roman Pope's saying this is the only version of Christianity.  It is the threat of every religion that hates all other religions.  It is why a black man (automatically different from empowered whites) kneeling on a football field, silently, instead of joining a chant of loyalty to Trump, was a bigger threat than any foreign power, cause of national deaths (like guns or drugs) or any other thing.  How DARE they sing a song NOT led by the great and powerful leader but a song of their own.  It's why the LGBTQ community are under attack and told to keep their song to themselves and why the arts community was immediately defunded by the incoming GOP President.  Freedom is a threat ONLY to someone with the intent to enslave.

So, when you are considering the question...should I do THIS or THAT, ask yourself which makes you happy and follow that.  Every choice will be accompanied by the need to stand up and invest yourself in the choice, which will not always be pleasant.  However, if you chose a path apart from yourself for the purpose of financial or social reward, you will find that existence hollow and find you not only dislike your LIFE but YOURSELF for betraying your principles for thirty pieces of silver.  While those that follow their bliss need no other reward to make them happy...the NATURAL joy of being yourself will well up within you and those angry to have lost influence over you can never take that away.

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