What are you hoping for?


From http://deepsouldiver.wordpress.com

“Meaning in life is arbitrary. Why ruin the universe with rigidity?

Why do we make the choices we do? After all, we do not have unlimited freedom to do things. We find ourselves constrained by our gender, our race, our economic circumstances, our personalities that were shaped both by genetics and the random processes of life. Furthermore, we find that other people have their own ideas of what we should be doing, and they constrain us still further.

A person born into one culture will have entirely different options than one born into another. They may both lead valuable lives, but they will most certainly differ in many respects. The meaning that they find will come from different palettes. We cannot say that one person’s life is more valuable than another’s.

Of all the people who have lived, have any of them been truly “better” than another? We see in their lives only the exercise of preferences, not differences of inherent meaning.

All meaning in life is arbitrary. It is not tied to god, family, or self unless we define it as such. Nothing in life gives us meaning in and of itself. It is we who assign meaning to objects and relationships. We all try to make the structure of our meaning pretty, but in the end, there is no escape from the feeling that it is all arbitrary…”

Deng Ming-dao, 365 Tao

When faced with two choices, simply toss a coin. It works not because it settles the question for you, but because in that brief moment when the coin is in the air, you suddenly know what you are hoping for.From http://www.joeydevilla.com

What choices do you have?


What are you hoping for?


17 thoughts on “What are you hoping for?

  1. katelon says:

    That is so true about the coin toss 🙂 Sweet post!

  2. satzie says:

    Nice picture (boat), different views and an interesting finishing picture.
    Good post Otrazhenie 🙂

  3. beckyhelps says:

    I haven’t time this morning to read the blog post, but wowzer that is an imaginative image.

  4. SARA says:

    Awesome post.

  5. mytiturk says:

    Still working on it 🙂

  6. djdfr says:

    We all have choices even if our particular part of the universe has its constraints. I admire the person that doesn’t give in to the temptation to do evil on no matter what level. I believe the person who strives to do good is better than one that just sits in an armchair and lets it all wash over. I do not think that all of our values are arbitrary. I believe they come from our divine gifts which make up our spiritual nature—speech, love, freedom, creativity and individuality.

  7. beckyhelps says:

    Okay, well this morning I did have time to read your post. Thank you for sharing those thoughts. We could go further and say that death is an arbitrary existence/nonexistence because until we get there, we have only speculation and presumption. Being in each moment.

  8. ccchanel41 says:

    Thank you for this post. What great thoughts. The coin toss…that really hit me. The entire post was filled with great wisdom and things to think about..but the coin toss, as I am often faced with so many choices these days..it was like a light went on. So true, in the air is the meaning of it..you do know..but do you have the courage or the means at the moment for your choice? Thank you.

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