The Joy of Life

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The way we’ve chosen to organize society –basing social relations around the needs of the market– does not easily translate into a life well-lived.  Remember that the professional sphere, the economic system, the legal system, and our systems of values (including prejudices and negative judgements), are all socially constructed– we built them up, through competition and conquest, and there is nothing natural about them.  Point being: we can always re-make them, and what is considered a ‘successful life’ is open for interpretation.  The Earth and this one life we all have are for us to enjoy; to love, to be happy and to bring others happiness.  The cultural and natural wonders of the world are out there to be lived, and living is what you will remember in the end, not the hum drum routine and stress of your day to day work pressures.  Take notice and revel in the liveliness of the planet around you, and give to others rather than fight them for a bigger slice of wealth for yourself.

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“Make a radical change in your lifestyle & begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances & yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, & conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, & hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new & different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security & adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning & its incredible beauty.” — Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild.

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