Let’s be honest: Life’s a jerk and we know it. How many times have you done a homework assignment dutifully only to discover the next day that it is not to be graded? How many times have you woken up at dawn only to be tardy because your carpool was late? How many times have you studied super hard for an exam only to realize the teacher decided to test you on the one and only section you skimmed through? Even so, we still hold on to Life. Why? Well, after all, without it, we would be devoid of feelings.
Like in an abusive relationship, we give Life our everything, only to be given mostly crap and bits and pieces of joy and happiness in return. People say that life without hardships is not Life. Then I ask, why can’t Life be a caring and joyful lover? Well, because there’s Society. Life himself is not giving us those useless standards designed to separate people into categories --Society is. Like a poisonous third-party in a relationship, it tells Life that we must be achievers, leaders, experts, risk-takers (aka be good at everything; even a flaw needs to be a “good” flaw) while convincing us that everything is for the betterment of the World. So Life carries on, giving us happiness and fulfillment, but Society interferes, blocking those agreeable moments and making us miserable all for the “sake” of the World. Meanwhile, Nature is having a fit.
Nature is like our past lover. She provided us with what we needed and we, in return,respected its vices and demands. We were in harmony, so happy and so tranquil. But we eventually left Nature for Society because we were able to taste those moments of extreme “happiness” called More. We ate More, we traveled More, we discovered More; more, more, and more. Always More. Our appetite has become insatiable. We deviated the flow of rivers. We deracinated trees. We dug out remains to fuel our needs. We sent metal into space. We ripped Nature of her most precious children in the belief that Society was the one providing for us. But it isn’t. These jewels are not Society’s, they are Nature’s. Even worse, we have stopped giving Nature what we should, and she is unleashing her anger on us. Life is there, still handing out joy and contentment, but we are blinded by Society and only accept the happiness Society commands us to. The World carries on, supporting Nature but never dismissing Society for both are his children. And there we are, blaming Life for our crises when Society is really the problem. And there we are, taking everything from Nature like Society’s puppet.
Let’s be honest: Life’s a jerk and we all know it. Even so, we still hold on to Life. Why? Maybe because deep down, we know that something is not right. That someone is interfering in this relationship. That we know that Life is not the culprit. That we are not the blameless.