The last 4 podcasts I have challenged you to look within and ask if you really wanted to live and what would that actually look like.
Today I address the other side of the coin - why humanity today has a death wish.
What does that mean for you? It will explain why the world is the way it is, why we are afraid to live, and most importantly why we each must make this decision for our self.
No one can make it for us or save us from it.
Again, The Journey you are on is all about you!
Terry Real wrote a book called"I don't want to talk about it" on male depression. He makes the point that while women have more overt signs of depression, men have equal numbers when you include addiction, accidents, behaviors that all lead to depression and sometimes death.
But I want to take if further today.
We know the stats about Veterans, dying at 22 per day.
I talked recently about farmers joining the ranks of a much higher than average number of people killing themselves.
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has dealt a LOT with those who are suicidal I do have some expertise on this - not to mention a lifetime of wanting to die.
But as a society we seem to stop defining this issue of wanting to die - successful or not by suicide - as the beginning and end of the problem.
Yet when we look deeper we see a world that statistically is killing itself.
From disease due to inactivity, poor quality of food, and pure pleasure eating to a lifestyle that includes almost no foundational activities: good sleep, fresh air, deep breathing, exercise, postural alignment, and time off from stress.
We have created a world that values money over life. We solve our problems by killing the other who has what we want or destroying what gets in our way at any cost.
We get what we believe we need or even just want regardless of the price to human, animal, environment, or element - or neighbor.
We sacrifice each other for wars that are just games of power and control for those pulling the strings.
We create systems of healthcare that don't include health or care.
We allow our leaders to further impoverish us - the #1 risk factor for death, overt or covert.
All the while living in a world today that could solve everyone one of our problems with abundance for all left over.
Why is that?
What is this deep desire for death that saturates every aspect of our lives?
Why do we not want to live, cherish life, value all life, and work to uplift the world so we all can live well?
Why are we so passive in our own life about wanting to be fully alive?
Why are we willing to settle for sacrifice, suffering, or basic survival?
Why do we choose the superficial, the temporary, the pleasurable over that which is sustaining, fulfilling, and meaningful?
When did this happen and why? More importantly, how do we fix it?
The easiest answer is to just choose life and then value it.
However, the journey to get there seems to be much harder than it should be.
Plus, it is a choice every soul in a body must make while we are here. No one can do it for you, but we can encourage each other to want to.
When we talked in the Braveheart discussion last time, we talked about courage being associated with fear.
But choosing to live is an act of courage and if we choose to live because we are afraid to die, we don't understand what it means to make the statement "I want to live."
Today is the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. The next day President Roosevelt declared war and thousands and thousands more lost their lives.
The men and women at that time thought they were going to war to defend their freedom and the freedom of others.
Is that what we did?
Is that what war does?
Can killing our self or others really mean we value life. Can it really offer Freedom to anyone?
We live in a world that is all upside down. But the moment of transition is this line between what is life and what is death and which do I choose.
All I can say is choose wisely.
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