Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Who

Some time in your past life you made a decision: Am I living for myself or am I living for others?

When I look at the world, do I compare what I see to the reality I want for myself, or the reality I want for others? I'd wager your answer to this fundamentally shapes how you think and approach life.

But this isn't to say your answer can't change. The event that I see most consistently inspire a re-evaluation is a father laying eyes on his first born for the first time, when he goes from self to self-less.

When you take care of the who, it seems the what, where, when, and why more naturally fall into place.

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Blogger Katy said...

I don't think living for yourself is a bad thing, or that when you live for yourself you can't be doing the same "things" that some might consinder only people who "live for others" do.

I also worship Ayn Rand to some degree...and I live in Texas. Hmm. Who am I?

11:30 AM  
Blogger Mix said...

I'm not saying either is better than the other. I am saying, however, that I think they produce different outcomes (over the long term).

6:24 PM  
Blogger sarahk said...

Maybe the reality you want for yourself is the same reality you want for others...

10:13 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I don't think they necessarily have to produce two different outcomes. But I do think that in order to live for myself while simultaneously living for others I have to first understand and embody my own reality, as it is affected by that of others, and as it affects that of others. Only then, by keeping my reality within the same orbit as the world's, can I sustain living for others in the long run.

"Let him who would move the world, first move himself." - Socrates

11:25 PM  

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