Is Life Worthwhile?

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It is a predatory world. Perhaps a place where we are meant to experience suffering, for the pruning of our own soul. Or maybe we really are just animals, in an ecosystem of predator and prey. Flesh devouring flesh. A dark place indeed. I s...

It is a predatory world. Perhaps a place where we are meant to experience suffering, for the pruning of our own soul. Or maybe we really are just animals, in an ecosystem of predator and prey. Flesh devouring flesh. A dark place indeed. I see the suffering around the globe with eyes wide open. The extreme violence, rape, animal abuse, torture, patriarchy, the list goes on. Everyday I step out of my front door as a 5’2″ female, wondering if I will be able to go for a walk without some form of harassment.  Women are stared down and harassed on a regular basis in public places, when all they want is to just go about their daily lives. From 15 to 30 years old this happened continuously, I used to look down when a man would purposely stare at me for an uncomfortably long time on the street, the bus, or even just picking my child up from school.  Now I always look up, right into his eyes, and the power imbalance stops there.  Most of them are cowards at heart, fortunately I have grown a backbone. I understand where their ignorance is coming from, and how society has made them sick. I now operate from a place of compassion, not anger.  If you are a woman, keep your head up. If you are a man, we know not all of you are like this, and that you have a different set of pressures to deal with that are equally challenging.

Life is hard for all of us, not just women, most of us work five out of seven days a week in a job we are not satisfied with. On the weekends, there are countless mundane tasks to do, with very little time left over to spend on the things we love. There is the constant threat of danger and disease. The only certainty is death. Is this sounding negative? I am a realist, and do not pretend that the world isn’t full of horrors, because it is.

So is life worthwhile?  Despite all this I still say yes, because I have experienced unconditional love. It makes up for everything. When I look into the eyes of my child, it fills me with gratitude, compassion, and love. Some of us may not directly experience unconditional love in our lifetimes, I have been fortunate in this way. But even just to know that it exists, is reason enough to say that life is truly beautiful.  

Love makes life worthwhile.

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