I think I need to explain “Being” a little better than how I left it at on yesterday’s post.
When someone asks you “What do you do?” I suspect that most often you identify with your “Earning” years. I would have said I am an engineer who develops software apps for an engineering division. While that may describe the final segment of my earning years, it really doesn’t tell people who I really am. I know you have heard the saying that no one on their deathbed ever said “I wish I had spent more time at work!” Work may describe how you collect resources during your earning years but it most often doesn’t really describe who you are, does it?
“Being” means that you have finally discovered why God put you on this earth. It describes where you make your contribution to the world. We all have a contribution to make whether we believe it or not. A good part of my earnings years I spent designing telephones, all of which are now in a trash site or museums. During those years I might have made contributions, but they were usually short-lived. It was definitely not who I wanted to “be”.
Sometimes “being” is more than one characteristic but most often there is one that dominates the others. Being is something that makes you who you are. It is your persona or brand as a person.
Some of us will not discover our “being” until almost too late in life to make much of a contribution, but as I said yesterday better late than never. I am totally in awe of doctors who knew at a very early age that they wanted to help people. I also have to include nurses in that category, and many other categories as well.
Teachers often know that is what they want to “be”. Most often that happens after being greatly influenced by one of their teachers. To me being an “influencer”of the young is probably the ultimate of being. Even more so, since they know they will never gain much material wealth by choosing that profession.
For me personally, and I think for most in general, we stumble through life in search of our destiny. When we finally accomplish it, we discover that “being” most often has little to do with financial gain. For me, it was more about being my brother’s keeper. It is about helping those who just needed a little assistance. I have come to adamantly believe that every person on this earth deserves a chance to be who they are meant to be. It doesn’t matter their country of birth or their economic circumstances. Everyone deserves a change to be who they were meant to be. That is why these years of selfishness and exclusivity are so disastrous to me.
And then there are people who never realize their being. Instead, they latch on to something more selfish in nature. Being rich, having expensive cars, living in opulence was their false god, their false being. I feel very sorry for them. Most just never bothered to do the hard work to discover who they were really meant to be.
I hope this post helped you understand what I am talking about when it comes to “Being”? But, I know I will never be able to fully explain this topic to my satisfaction.
4 thoughts on “A Little More About “Being””
Nothing I know could better supplement your post than Tolstoy’s short novel, The Death of Ivan Ilyich.
Thanks for the reference Robert and welcome to RJsCorner. I have read a few of Tolstoy’s works and will check out this one.
I read your opinion on “being my brother’s keeper” in a previous blog post and it stucked with me.
I like Ayn Rand theory on the matter.
She had no objection if you wanted to be kind and compassionate towards others. What she objected to were people trying to manipulate other people’s behavior by telling them that they should be self-sacrificing.
To that I must add that some people don’t deserve to be helped. They never learn from their mistakes and they think they are entitled to receive help over and over again.
My basic view of life is that everyone deserves a chance to achieve their potential. Being “brother’s keeper ” in that regard says that all lives matter, even those our government tells us to kill.
We will have to agree to disagree on Ayn Rand. I have read much of what she wrote and agree with very little of it. She just seems to have had a very large chip on her shoulder and a very cynical view of humanity which goes opposite of my worldview. If we approach everyone with skepticism then this life will have little joy. Everyone deserves a chance and until they individually prove unworthy of it I will give it to them.