Search For A Useful Life in a Nut House Vol.2
I recently described the need for a GPS that would help making decisions in Life. It turns out that there are organizations working on developing a GPS life structure that hopefully will help in exploring what has been termed “The Art of Living”.
Stanford University has a Freshman course called “The Art of Living” . The course has a heavy required reading list which will require giving up living for a period of time while wading through the reading.
I mentioned in an earlier post, the Art of living Foundation which advocates an improved Life experience by taking deep breaths while meditating
I think the deep breaths would be useful to the Stanford students as they waded through Plato, Shakespeare, Nietzsche and Morrison in their search for a life path that meets their personal desires. This is heavy reading and all are useful authors that I read in my Liberal Arts years. The reading is fine but it is somewhat of a challenging circle to follow in searching for a useful and happy life..
I think that a useful life is built like a house- one brick at a time.
Basic steps in finding direction are really much simpler than anything suggested by Plato, Nitzchie or the others mention by Stanford.
One old time early Blogger named Paul gave some simple direction which seem to be a less circuitous one than outlined by the various Art of Living groups. Among the things he said to friends in various letters was advice to “Bear one another’s burdens.. He further said that “All must test their own work, and then that work, rather than their neighbors work will become a cause for pride”. He used a rural metaphor when he wrote; “ Do not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap in harvest time if we do not give up”.
Paul provides many bricks for building a useful life. The first step is to reclaim the old bricks that have been buried in our current national quest for riches, fame and glory, while excluding respect, honesty and dedicated personal effort from our life tools box.
The quotes from Paul are my rough paraphrases from a letter he sent to some Galatians about 2000 years ago.
PS A Nut House is not politically correct terminology, but describes an outrageous Marx Brothers type comedy in which I feel I currently am living.