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To What should I Dedicate My Life?

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A central preoccupation of my life has been: To what should I dedicate my life? I see people on the news who have filled their house with their life’s collection – (Coke memorabilia?)  Ok, I want my life to mean more than that. What should I have as a bumper sticker? What t-shirt slogan should I wear in hopes that a random person would ask me about it.  To what should I dedicate my life?

  • My team? I really like one sports team.  But, it seems pointless to fill my life with merchandise when as Jerry Seinfeld pointed out, you’re really only rooting for the clothes.
  • Macs or PC? I see people being evangelists for their favorite computer platform.  I do have a strong opinion here.  But, do I want to enter into this emotional fight? Nah. It’s just not that important.
  • My Country? I love my country.  It stands for freedom and justice.  But, I believe our leaders have sent us to war for the wrong reasons.  Sometimes I see the “Support Our Troops” bumper stickers. I believe this is a reaction to the Vietnam War poor reception that returning troops received when an anti-war public saw them come home.  Yes, the troops need our support.  But, for Iraq at least, I believe we should have never been there.  I wish we could let go of the “Us Vs. Them” mentality. As much as I love our country, I don’t hate anyone else’s country.  As Elvis Costello said, “Why Can’t a Man Stand Alone?
  • Religion? Many would ponder and arrive at religion as the best thing to which you should dedicate your life.  But, how can I do that if I believe that no-one really knows the right answer.  How can I proclaim a religion?  If someone pushed me on it, I would have to say, “Well, actually, I have doubts whether all this is true.”  A friend of mine suggested that the whole congregation didn’t really believe because, if they did, they would all quit their jobs and start evangelizing.  Sometimes, I’m singing the song by Poison, “Give me something to believe in.”
  • Fighting Discrimination? I will post on this someday as I think it’s important.  Unfortunately thought, I think discrimination is hard-wired into human beings.  The best we can do is minimize it’s impact.
  • Ending Homelessness? I have given money for this cause.  I’m not sure why it is, but homelessness is something that’s always touched my heart more than most causes.  I wonder how I could apply any talents I have to help someone.  I don’t own a restaurant. I’m not a carpenter. Maybe just giving money to shelters and homeless individuals is the best I can do for homeless people.
  • Family? Of course, I dedicate much of my life to supporting my family.  But, that’s not really a cause that I publicize for the betterment of the world.

Maybe I’ll just make small contributions here and there and, like Elenor Rigby, I’ll be buried along with my name. No moving epitaph on my gravestone.

Or, maybe my bumper sticker is the content of my blog.


Written by Jack Umano

April 6, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Posted in Philosophy

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