Hello, hello, turn your radio on;
Is there anybody out there?
Help me sing my song.
La, la, la, life is a strange thing.
Just when you think you learned how to use it,
– Lyrics for Hello (Turn Your Radio On) by Shakespears Sister
Life is indeed a strange thing, and most people will never truly learn to live it, but instead will shuffle in a daze from birth to death, chasing the dream of what others tell them their life should be. As social animals, humans look to those around them to see what constitutes acceptable behavior and, for the most part, work to blend into the herd. However, looking to the herd for answers means that you are subject to the fickle norms of the herd, as well as the agenda of those who manipulate these norms to their own ends.
Why am I writing this blog? Because I can see that people everywhere are suffering, both mentally and spiritually, due to the ever-increasing chaos of life in Western society. Escalating suicide rates, normalized deviant behavior, and a dramatic increase in anti-social behavior and blatant media manipulation are turning the “Modern World” into a “Bizarro World.”
It is no wonder that people are acting out, self-medicating, and losing all sense of decency. They have lost, or never been taught, a moral and ethical framework by which to judge the behavior of others and guide their own. Lacking this compass, people will naturally emulate the behaviors and opinions of those around them as their guide to “normal”. However, when those around you are as screwed up as you are (or more so), you are unlikely to find the peace and answers you need in the hysterics of the crowd.
I’m here to tell you that there are answers to your questions. Over the course of human existence, countless people have tried to answer the question, “Why am I here?” “What purpose does my life serve?” and “How should I live my life?”. In this blog, I attempt to answer these questions based on my observations of life, culture, and the wisdom I have found in religion, psychology, and philosophy. Where I can find a little humor that illustrates the point, I will also add that in the “Food for Thought” links at the bottom of the page.
I hope that these insights are helpful in navigating your life’s journey. If you like what you read, subscribe below to be sent new posts as I publish them. Enjoy, and I wish you the best.