11/07/2006

Important Thoughts...

I've been asking myself this question lately: "Why aren't I like everybody else?" Why does my life look so vastly different than the lives of most of the people who I count as friend? And, just as I am at the height of questioning whether or not I am on par with the majority of my peers, this was delivered to me, courtesy of Donald Miller, in Searching For God Knows What, Chapter 7, Page 92...


Humans, as a species, are constantly, and in every way, comparing themselves to one another, which, given the brief nature of their existence, seems an oddity and, for that matter, a waste. Nevertheless, this is the driving influence behind every human's social development, their emotional health and sense of joy, and, sadly, their greatest tragedies. It is as though something that helped them function and live well has gone missing, and they are pining for that missing thing in all sorts of odd methods, none of which are working. The greater tragedy is that very few people understand that they have the disease. This seems strange as well because it is obvious. To be sure, it is killing them, and yet sustaining their social and economic systems. They are an entirely beautiful people with a terrible problem.

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