Laleh Chini’s story “What is the correct answer?|جواب درست چیست؟” inspired the following thoughts…
I firmly believe an individual’s answer depends on their belief system, the values they hold and the experiences which impacted them the most. The meaningfulness of things which etch themselves into their being, sometimes even harmful exposures, these provide for the variety of answers that can be expected. And I don’t think it’s just one simply stated answer
At the end of the story, Elam states “But I thought why none of them said: “GOD. Or in these hard days, maybe ‘Patient’ would be the correct answer.” This line is what got me thinking, as would any statement about the existence of a god. It prompted my comment on Laleh’s blog.
I don’t think it’s god. In my mind, what is better than everything is imagination. When sad or disappointed in reality, we can escape for some joy. When inspired, imagination creates. It gives us room to breathe when we’re feeling oppressed, and awe when it’s lacking in our reality.
So yeah, it’s not god.
What would your answer be?
Understanding the WOW Factor of life is called independent research.
Thanks Tom! You were my inspiration for this little piece. 🙂
from the lost
and the learned
of lessons gathered
are opportunities for growth
these are the ones
my muses, my teachers
my life lessons
… thank you
rich epochal words
in laconic utterances
draw me in
with their martinet style
the writings feel heavy
but light in presentation
i aspire to reach
in my understanding
Life feels like it wants to be figured out, constant searching for answers.
Gratitude ends the hunger of wants, allows us to focus on our needs.
Truth comes with the investment made in ourselves and our world.
has always been questioned
ascertaining an understanding
is millennia+ old
the knowledge and wisdom
has always been grasped
but only by the ones who dare examine it
The future is a time which hasn’t presented itself yet.
Always mysteriously just out of eyesight.
Every minute we take the next steps into an unknown.
The unexpected without a to-do list.
Our present excitedly seeking resolution on past laid
plans in the tomorrows still to come.
Endless possibilities layering into eternity.
The eternal question of what’s next?
Feeling and analyzing as the inchoate rises in my mind.
I’m leaning into what arrives.
Layering thoughts to complete some insight.
I’m crafting wisdom.
Nothing is random in expression.
I’m sharing what’s important.
Who does it touch?
I’m hoping it’s you.
Ending an email or a letter with Sincerely always seemed formal and stuffy to me. It never really felt genuine anyway. I choose to use Take care instead. The person’s welfare is important to me. I wonder if they ever really hear that?
Recently I’ve begun to say Be well instead. It still implies that a person’s well-being is important to me; it just shifts the message slightly. Take care says “please watch out for yourself because you never know what could come your way” while Be well says “farewell and feel well.” The tone is a positive directive to just do everything in your power to being or feeling good. I really like that.
It seems so minor, I know. But Take care feels hesitant and Be well is bold and forceful almost. It’s the intention behind the latter ending which makes me want to use it more now. We could all use a little more support, I think.
Coincidentally, I recently learned of the philosophy of eudaimonia. Aristotle states in his Nicomachean Ethics that it means to be doing and living well. What I understand about it is that one can achieve this state of well-being through the pursuit of knowledge, honesty, kindness, and courage. Using a rational approach to life such as gaining scientific knowledge was also considered valuable.
It’s true that when we apply rational and critical thinking to situations, they tend to go a lot smoother. The outcome, even if a disastrous one, will likely lead to an easier adjustment to that situation. Seems like a formula for success.
What I also find interesting is that it helps me to understand my desire to use Be well instead of Take care. The former implies taking charge, doing with intention, achieving goals – proactive (rational); whereas the other is waiting to see what happens to you and then respond – reactive (irrational).
I really prefer to offer words saying I’m interested in their well-being rather than one of only hoping they can make it through in life.
And for that, I think I’ll Be well.