In this awesome post, my friend Hoss tackles a question I’ve often asked myself:
“Why do most choose to settle and yet some ‘Rage, rage against the dying of the light’?”
I never reblog, so . . . Check it out!
“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.”
“Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.”
Two of my favorite minds – but what demands consistency? What demands parting ways and choosing the road less traveled? Why do most choose to settle and yet some “Rage, rage against the dying of the light”?
The reward – “know thyself” a Delphic Maxim – pay no attention to the multitude.
Or as my old Latin Prof would say in his heavy German accent – nosce te ipsum! – repeat – nosce te ipsum – repeat…
and then I would repeat in heavy German accent – nosce te ipsum – and everyone (including Dr. Positch) would laugh.
- Who am I? (adventuresfindingme.wordpress.com)
I would think that most people “settle” because it is safer. It is easier to go through life with the blinders on than seeing everything going on around you and dealing with it. I know I am paying the price now for doing that in one of my relationships.
I think you’re onto something, Dan. But oh how much people miss out on in life by putting on blinders! Life’s biggest risks and hardest questions are the ones most worth taking and asking — no matter their outcome… Like Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living…”
That’s not a criticism, of course! I think we’ve all “settled” on one point or another at various times in our lives. I know I have.
I know it’s not a criticism and I know how much you gained by taking that chance in Taiwan. I think that Fear is the biggest obstacle in getting the most out of life.
and then some of us examine tooooo much…
Thanks Jess for re-blogging! it is an honor to get into your blog!
and Dan you hit on the core – fear
to quote another favorite author Frank Herbert in Dune –
“Fear is the mindkiller”
when you heed many voices, all those opinons of what you should or shouldn’t be doing … you water down and settle. tony
it seems, though, that not all really ever find — or even look for — their own voice, their own opinion?
i agree, tony.. jess