I am running a day late on SYW, mostly as I have been pondering this week’s questions. They are dire indeed. This world at times can be such a crappy place, and some people do such crappy things to other people. And not just crappy, downright evil as well. I try not to dwell on such things, I don’t read newspapers and I don’t really watch the news. That does not mean I wish to remain ignorant, my friends and Hubby frequently watch and keep me apprised, then, of course, there is also social media. I just find it all too depressing the race to see who can share the most depraved images and human suffering. I am just not that interested in continuing the media’s fixation on human suffering. My little world is mostly a happy place, if you are nice to me, then I am nice to you…I don’t care WHO you are, or WHERE you are from. But if you want to be a dick, I will stay away from you and have nothing to do with you…it’s all quite simple.
Does life have a reason (meaning)? Yes, I believe it does. I believe in leaving a legacy behind, leave my mark on the world. One is my children, I know I have brought up decent, caring and loving human beings, who cherish life and are both strong independent women, they both make me proud and smile. The second is my photography and art. If my art can bring a little bit of beauty and joy into someone’s life, that can only be a good thing yes? I have done a bit of thinking over the past few months about legacy:
My Legacy is:
- to Teach what I know, then learn more so I can teach more.
- to be seen, to be known as THE GO-TO PERSON for Still Life and creative lighting
- To inspire creativity in others
Will the world come to an end by human hands (man’s actions)? Inevitably, or the robots, AI etc. Are we really so stupid to think we will exist forever? The dinosaurs had their time, and we have ours. If we cannot sustain this planet and stop killing each other over religion and land and food etc…it is never going to get better, is it? We have extreme egomaniacs running powerful countries, usually, put there by people with a skewed perception of right and wrong. We are slowly killing our planet and we have nowhere else to go. I have no idea HOW generations to come are going to cope. I just hope I never live to see it all fall apart.
Will stricter laws make a better world? Would less strict law make it better? This is a hard one. Australia made quite an issue many years ago with our Gun Laws, and to be truthful it made us a much safe country, for a long time. No mass murders, no mass shootings. Then evil people decided to mow down people with cars, killing many. They use large knives and machetes, killing people. In the last few months, guns have begun hitting the news reports, all illegal, but still so many shootings. Thankfully they are not mass shootings, but I fear that is only a matter of time. But yes, our stricter gun laws did make us safe for a while. Our stricter traffic laws were making us safer as well, but even this year, more people are dying on our roads than in previous years. People rebel against the strict ruling, we are not children (well most of us). I have no idea WHAT the answer is. No rules are anarchy.
If death is inevitable, why bother doing anything? For joy! A good cup of coffee, a laugh with friends. A touch, a feel, a hug with a loved one. to cuddle a puppy or kitten. To savour your favourite food, to feel the sand between your toes (or grass) to feel water lap at your feet. To breathe fresh air and feel the sun on your skin. To see the beautiful vistas. To belly laugh (when was the last time you had such a belly laugh you cried?). There are so many simple, beautiful ways to feel and share joy, otherwise, there is no point.
Are thoughts and prayers useful or a sop for people who wish to pay respect but interact through a virtual venue? Yea or nay – please explain your viewpoint (without rancour) if you would. I honestly don’t know about prayers, I know they make some people feel better, but I am still unsure on the whole god thing, I mean really? I can poke holes in the bible ALL DAY LONG. But that doesn’t mean He doesn’t exist, but if He does…does He care? I mean really? In saying that I do believe that positive thoughts can bring a positive change, whether in oneself or as a group. Just knowing that people are sending positive thoughts your way, really can make you feel better, when gravely ill, even if only mentally. Sure it can’t cure cancer (or whatever), but a positive attitude can go along way. I think if people feel they need religion to make themselves feel better, go for it, just DON’T push it on me, I don’t push my beliefs onto other people, so do me the same favour!
And just to put a smile on your face, because it has been a day of dark topics discussed, here are some fun Aussie animals…if these sweet, cute faces don’t put a smile on your face…I doubt anything well.
Yours in light and inspiration…
~ Julz, xo