Tuesday, 22 January 2013
The Secrets of Life... of Family, Friends, Community and More
"Ha-ha!" I hear you say, on seeing this headline, "I must read this... the secrets of life" or, more likely, "not another promise of everlasting joy, health and happiness... I don't believe it!"
Well, maybe you should, but don't get too excited, at least until I've told you where it came from!
If I were to tell you that it takes some lessons from classical Greek mythology, a legendary Italian Poet, Dante Alighieri, who is, some say, the father of the Italian language; a knock on the door of our own Poet and Playwright, William Shakespeare, by reference to that famous soliloquy in 'Hamlet', as well as from a little known South African, Eugene N Marais, who did some fascinating and revealing research on the social life of ants. It also makes reference to Vesta, the Roman goddess of the hearth, home and family; and that it is a poem called... "The Secrets of Life" then will you have a different reaction? Or will you think it overly pretentious?
I hope not and trust you will give it a read and tell me what you think about it and, perhaps, give me your alternative views.
What it does come down to for me is the need for some contentment, a reduction in the stress induced in all of us by, on the one hand a fundamental, genetic and unconscious driving force and, on the other, a conscious material greed; one which can help us survive, the other can cause us to fail to find happiness. There is a balance, somewhere.
The poem is here, Tell me where you think that balance is, for you.
Thank you for reading.