Doing things differently since 1984
When I get introspective about life, I unavoidably come back to the illustration of a path or a road. It’s hardly an original illustration, as you can see it pop up throughout basically all of human history and literature. Life is a journey. But what kind of journey is it?
It’s easy to start thinking that we create our path as we go – I’ll call this the “pen to paper” philosophy. It’d be like if life was a gigantic piece of paper, and we had pens tied to the back of our shoes: our experiences behind us have created our path leading up to this moment, and we have limitless choice before us. For someone who likes to feel in complete control over their destiny, this can be an appealing philosophy.
Another way is to think that our paths are defined by a series of choices – I’ll call this the “plinko board” philosophy. With a plinko board, you drop a disc in at the top. It hits its first peg (a choice), goes left or right, hits the nearest peg on the next row, goes left or right, and so on. Depending on which lefts and rights it takes, it ends up somewhere different at the bottom. If you remember those “Choose Your Own Adventure” books, this would be a bit like that. For someone who feels that life is too random and unknown to be completely in our control, this can be an appealing philosophy.
A third way is to think that our paths are a means to an end – our “destiny” or “life purpose” – I’ll call this the “corn maze” philosophy. It’d be as though we are meandering around our lives, seemingly lost and without direction, until we find and fulfill our destiny and purpose. I’ve read some fantastic fantasy novels with this theme. For someone who feels lost, this can be an appealing philosophy.
I could go on with many more philosophies; everyone has their own. For me, I know I’m not in complete control and I know I haven’t ended up where I am by utter randomness: My path was already created, my path is always watched over, and my path ahead of me is known.
I don’t talk very much about God or religion on this blog directly, even though I have some very well-entrenched beliefs, and that is on purpose. Mainly, I don’t want to be pigeon-holed as a “religious” blog, alienating people who have their own, often negative, perceptions about Christians and Christianity, and also limiting what I feel I should and shouldn’t talk about. I just want to be me, and I want people to take me for who I am, not what a massive group of people I’m somewhat associated with are like.
So, none of this is changing. I’m keeping this blog as it is, because I like it that way. But I am also starting a new blog, unknownnothing.wordpress.com. There I will be talking a lot more about the One who watches my steps. If you want to read it, great! If you don’t, that’s fine too! If it helps, I’ve started it out with the gripping tale of when I broke my neck. I’m doing this mainly for my own benefit, so that I don’t forget what my path is really all about.