We plop out of some womb into some time and place, with no idea of what to do next, and make it up all the way. If we are born into some tradition-- and who isn't-- we inherit a lot of it, which has been made up for us and passed along to us as a pretentious way of saying, "This is how it is." But it is all made up. And we invariably--inevitably-- run into somebody who has made it up in a different way, and if it is a much different way, they will try to kill us because we don't belong in the world as they make it up. It is all so crazy. Nobody could have thought this up. It has to be completely random, things just happening, and here we are. Now what? We have to make it up. I would like a world that helped people imagine a life worth living within the terms and conditions in place at our birth, and assisted us throughout the process by listening us to one realization after another, shaping our life accordingly in light of the realities at play upon us. What is worth doing with our time within the context and circumstances, the limitations and possibilities, at work during the times of our living? Somebody ought to be helping us answer this question from the moment we plop out of the womb. And the fact that they are not there to help us along the way, leaves us with doing for ourselves what needed to be done for us. What is worth doing with the gifts/daemon/genius/virtues that came with us into the world? We need to be pondering this question through all the days left for living-- and doing the things that come to mind.
There is no purpose being served and no plan at work in things being the way they are. No intention, no design, no reason. Things are the way they are because they fall into place that way as a result of changes, shifts and transformations in the way things are over time. Everything is in flux, searching for equilibrium, homeostasis, balance and harmony, "seeking its own level" through time. Movement here results in imbalance there, and rocks tumble down the mountainside, searching for rest at last. And nothing knows what it is doing. Everything is looking for rest at last. We strive to maintain order, get things like we like it, and keep everything unmoving and in its assigned place forever. As if that can happen, or has any business happening. The natural laws of momentum and inertia play out on all levels of existence, and we try to make sense of it, get ahead of it, use it to our advantage, in getting things like we want them, and keeping them there forever. Ordering our world requires the ability to impose our will upon the world at large, and we live out of the fantasy of power and control, striving to get this and avoid that, carving out small enclaves, sanctuaries, where things can be like we like them to be, and we can be at rest at last. But the world won't leave us alone for long. And we are carried along by forces quite beyond us into situations that disturb and disorient us all our life, seeing our own level, searching for balance and harmony, longing for "peace like a river," wondering if it is something we did.