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Diaspora

Do you ever wonder about the size of our lives? Sometimes I feel like I'm on a mission with the world, all of us striving for a better place, as my guest rabbi said the other day in class, all of us reaching out to one another. Then, other days, I see each of us living our own tiny little bit of life in a tiny corner of the world and not really caring what happens, not influencing anyone for better or for worse, just living out our lives. I thought about it when we were in Napier recently, and Christy stayed with Steve's cousin. As I drove up to their door, I looked at their gorgeous little cottage and thought about their little lives in Napier, not impacting on many beyond their own town, not doing anything earth shattering, just living. I wonder at all of us, trying to have good lives, most of us trying to do good, and so many of us so dispersed, so distant from one another. And then I think, what's the point? If we're not a united front, how can we change. Then I think, against whom are we supposed to be uniting? Of all the refugees I know, all the migrants, most just want a better, safer life for themselves and their families. Not much more. How big should our hopes and dreams be? And how big or little are we? Few of us will become famous, as politicians, writers, leaders. So what are we all about? Just living our own little lives and keeping that together. I mean, that's hard work enough, isn't it. A family. Friends. Relations. Parish. Community. Maybe that's all we need to do. But just sometimes, I have the desire to reach out to the world. To say, hang in there. But the world cares little about me, and I guess maybe I don't need to give a rat's arse about the world. Maybe.

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margaret_r
Jun. 2nd, 2008 01:41 pm (UTC)
I think we would all like to reach out to the world, try and make it a better place - and in our own small ways perhaps we do, simply by being kind to someone or making sure we relate well to the people around us. But it is hard work just making our own families work and how much more can we take on without breaking ourselves.

But, it's not been a really good week for me, so perhaps I'm a little .. jaded!
natesmountain
Jun. 3rd, 2008 08:57 am (UTC)
Oh I am sorry you had a bad week. Wanna share? I understand, trust me!

-But it is hard work just making our own families work and how much more can we take on without breaking ourselves.
Yeah, you're right there. It seems like, how could we do more?

I'll be thinking of you.
margaret_r
Jun. 4th, 2008 06:40 am (UTC)
Oh I am sorry you had a bad week. Wanna share? I understand, trust me!

Ah! Just problems with a problem child and things generally going wrong. Too many stresses! But, I’ll be on holiday soon so things will be better then:-)

Yeah, you're right there. It seems like, how could we do more?

We do exactly what we can, which sometimes is a lot more than we think. Just helping out a neighbour or one of your kids friends goes a long way to making the world a better place.

I'll be thinking of you.

Thanks:-) It’s all cool, just a momentary desire to crawl into a crevice somewhere and close the door behind me*g*
greenpizzazz6
Jun. 2nd, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC)
It's a lot to think about. But I like to think that we have more impact than we think. Even if we are in our own little corner, it's still important. I dunno. I guess I think it's still worth it to try, even though it's hard sometimes. It often seems like no matter what, nothing's really going to make a difference. But still, I'd rather be one of the ones that still cares. And I think you would be too.
natesmountain
Jun. 3rd, 2008 08:59 am (UTC)
-But I like to think that we have more impact than we think. Even if we are in our own little corner, it's still important.
Me, too. I think that's why I try so hard to make my corner work. You, too, I think.

-But still, I'd rather be one of the ones that still cares. And I think you would be too.
Yeah, even when people make me feel like not caring, I still care! Some of us are just doomed to do so, huh *g*
moth2fic
Jun. 3rd, 2008 02:54 pm (UTC)
Maybe if more people live happy, loving, caring lives and perhaps vote for politicians (at both local and national level)who make that easier, more people worldwide will gradually have the chance to do the same. I hope so, anyway. Meanwhile, while I no longer do any active work (through job or union or local politics) I still contribute to charities and think hard before voting, signing petitions, etc. It's hard to know if you've made a difference, but just as evil can come about by good men (and women) choosing to do nothing, surely good can come about by everyone trying to make at least their tiny corner of the world a better place. I'm sure in your heart of hearts, you know that, too!!
natesmountain
Jun. 4th, 2008 11:38 am (UTC)
-I'm sure in your heart of hearts, you know that, too!!
Well, yeah, of course I know that we're trying. I just have a sense sometimes of the immensity of the world and how small we are in comparison, living out our tiny lives in tiny corners.

I know you've made a difference. To many.
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