Roll Call: Are you present?

Recent occurrences in the pop culture have sparked such widespread and deep emotions throughout the world that I am forced to extract some sort of lesson, meaning and purpose.

I’m trying hard not to be cynical or to weave a cloud of doom and gloom but we must place everything in the right perspective.

Michael Jackson and Farah Fawcett have disappeared from the face of the earth and everyone is deeply saddened, but more so, shocked and surprised. It seems as if everyone had forgotten that Michael and Farah are made of the same flesh and blood that we are and were not demi-gods. They breathed the same air and came into this world alone and with nothing,  just like we did and have left it the same way they arrived.

Though icons in their own right and leaving behind a legacy that we can all cherish they have both suffered the fate of all living things.

The map of our trip through this earth is unknown. While we are here, in this space and in this time we must live life to the fullest extent! We must strive to be complete and when we suffer the fate of all living things we must be able to stand up and say we have lived and did not just saunter through our lives.

So have you lived?

Are you living or are you passing through this life like a lily floating listlessly down a pond?

Whether we have faith or not is besides the point. While we are here on this earth we must make sure that all is well with our souls. We must believe that we are here for a reason and we are all chosen.

living a prosperous and remarkable life should be something we all desire.. Good deeds are not done in hopes of reward but must come from a place deep inside and a desire to hold someone else’s hand… A desire to make this earth a place that is comfortable for us our friends our loved ones and those we don’t and will never know. Whether heaven exists has no bearing on how meaningful we make this life and this earth here and now!

There is no need to be preoccupied with what happens when we die. We will all get there. What we need to focus on is how we are living. Are we living “in living color” ( I couldn’t resist !) or in black and white.

Forget mortal fear.

Forget the sadness uncertainty and hard lessons that we have to learn.

Live in the now

Be present in your life, because none of us know what tomorrow brings.

8th avenue blues

Summoned to night

Weighed down

With whispers of turmoil

She saunters above ground

Reflects new forms

Flowers bathe in concrete

Flourish beside blue jays

Exiled for the season,

Urbania holds her

Above her breast

Shields from spawning thunder

Silent faces like walls

Shout regret

Streets whisper

Rumors from yesteryear

Seeing black through white

She is brought full circle

Through streets with numbers as names

Longing for streets lined with flowers

She retreats

To her corner of utopia

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5 thoughts on “Roll Call: Are you present?

    1. Agreed jam brixtonian. Something joyous has indeed been taken away. I think it’s time for us to examine our own mortality and subscribe to finding a purpose to our collective time on earth.

  1. I thought I would share this extract I read

    The Meaning of Life
    First published Tue May 15, 2007

    Many major historical figures in philosophy have provided an answer to the question of what, if anything, makes life meaningful, although they typically have not put it in these terms. Consider, for instance, Aristotle on the human function, Aquinas on the beatific vision, and Kant on the highest good. While these concepts have some bearing on happiness and morality, they are straightforwardly construed as accounts of which final ends a person ought to realize in order to have a significant existence. Despite the venerable pedigree, it is only in the last 50 years or so that something approaching a distinct field on the meaning of life has been established in analytic philosophy, and it is only in the last 25 years that debate with real depth has appeared. Concomitant with the demise of positivism and of utilitarianism in the post-war era has been the rise of analytical enquiry into non-hedonistic conceptions of value grounded on relatively uncontroversial (but not universally shared) judgments or “intuitions,” including conceptions of meaning in life. English-speaking philosophers can be expected to continue to find life’s meaning of interest as they increasingly realize that it is a distinct line of enquiry that admits of rational enquiry to no less a degree than more familiar normative categories such as well-being, right action, and distributive justice.

    This survey critically discusses approaches to meaning in life that are prominent in contemporary English-speaking philosophical literature. To provide context, sometimes it mentions other texts, e.g., in Continental philosophy or from before the 20th century. However, the central aim is to acquaint the reader with recent analytic work on life’s meaning and to pose questions about it that are currently worthy of consideration.

    When the topic of the meaning of life comes up, people often pose one of two questions: “So, what is the meaning of life?” and “What are you talking about?” The literature can be divided in terms of which question it seeks to answer. This discussion begins by addressing works that discuss the latter, abstract question regarding the sense of talk of “life’s meaning,” i.e., that aim to clarify what we are asking when we pose the question of what, if anything, makes life meaningful. Then it considers texts that provide answers to the more substantive question. Some accounts of what makes life meaningful provide particular ways to do so, e.g., by making certain achievements (James 2005), developing moral character (Thomas 2005), or learning from relationships with family members (Velleman 2005). However, most recent discussions of meaning in life are attempts to capture in a single principle all the variegated conditions that confer meaning on life. This survey focuses heavily on the articulation and evaluation of these theories of what makes life meaningful. It concludes by examining nihilist views that the conditions necessary for meaning in life do not obtain.

  2. Very inspirational words on living in the present. Making each moment count. Fostering love, peace and kindness in all our actions to others are integral to our souls.

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