If you are reading this right now, there is a good chance that you have an obsession with searching for the "truth". What is real and important? What is the meaning of life? Who am I? What is my purpose? These questions have run through my head since childhood.
Thoreau's words, " Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth," have had a profound impact on my life. I try very hard to be authentic. I do not place importance on trendy, mainstream, and pop culture ideas. I do not watch the same television shows as everyone else, actually I don't watch any at all, I don't wear the latest fashion trends, and I don't even rebel fashionably. No tattoos, body piercings, or super-sized holes in my ears. Not that there is anything wrong with those things, but they just aren't me. These things just do not add value to my life.
So, my question to you- does it matter? Why is it that people like us want to resist our society's pressure to conform? In the end why shouldn't we just mindlessly live the American dream? I think it does but I'm not asking a hypothetical question. I'd like for you to please respond in the comments. I want to learn from this question. Pass this around. Let's get as much input as possible so that we may all learn from each other.
Zen Presence - Ideas for Meaningful Living
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