Often times I have had to ponder the essence of literature. Not the words themselves but the genres in which they come. Their forms.
Tragedy, Comedy, Science Fiction, Satire; Are all these of benefit to the world we live in OR do they merely entertain.
And if they merely entertain what value should we place on them. Should we glorify them as we do more honourable works. Or keep them at a lower pedestal from those that hope to make a point, prove an idea.
How is glory earned?
I saw a camera lens online that I wanted.
It was used. There were no bids.
I put in a bid at just over $425.
There were 2 hours left in the auction. An hour goes by. No bids. I'm excited. It's an amazing lens.
Oh so you wanna go?!?!?!?
Oh you think you are a baller, huh?!?!?!?
Then this escalates into a full blown bidding war. I am ignoring phone calls as I pound on keyboard.
We get to $725. He puts a bid at $730.
I then have an epiphany.
Dude. Do you really want to bid more than that for a used lens? You can buy it new for $790.
I bowed out.
There are many situations in life where we don't even realize that we are trying to “win".
The problem is that we are trying to win the wrong game.
In life, we often find that the price of winning is losing.
Sean Kernan on Quora
Love is a big battle and it is hard for anyone who gets involved to leave without a gunshot or knife wound. No one ever escapes without an injury. Poems have been written but none can justify the right reasons to love.
Do you love someone because of a quality that can easily vanish into thin air? If yes, you are loving for the wrong reasons.
Any quality that can vanish takes the love with it when it goes, and you are left with another human not different fr everyone else on the street.
What then should we consider when loving? What are the right reasons to love? The answer is simple. Don't love for a reason, but find a reason not to love. If there is a reason not to love, just move on. If howerever, there is no reason not to love, love with all your heart.
The right reason to love is nothing because love is natural, but hate is borne out of reasoning. Justification of the reason is not the subject for this essay. But never ever find the right reason to love. Just find the reason not to love and if you can't find that, love with all your heart.
“The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche.
Sounds confusing, but an explanation below: For me this quote by Nietzsche is addressing true objectivity.
Think of the “man of knowledge” as a referee in a football game. They love one team and hope that team will win.
But they have to be fair.
They can’t let their “hatred” of the one team or their love of the other influence the truth of a call. In this case they must learn to ‘love their enemy” (the other team) and “hate their friends” as a metaphor for the difficulty in staying in “What is true, regardless of your relationship to either side”.