Dead to the world: Sound asleep or unconscious
“In the world you have tribulation.”
It is a statement attributed to Jesus of Nazareth, but it easily could become a populist favorite.
It’s an elongated version of “life sucks.”
Of course, if you understand the mindset of Jesus of Nazareth, he looked at the world and its philosophical approach as a comedy of errors performed by a calamity of fools.
Is there such a thing as the world outside the world?
Or is this world inside the world we live in?
I think the world is best defined as human beings trying to complicate matters in an attempt to look smarter.
Every time I hear someone say they’re going to organize their affairs, I realize what they’re trying to do is actually complicate them. Organizing should make you end up with less difficulty and smaller problems.
But that’s not the way the world thinks.
So if we’re going to hold a Presidential election, we require sufficient strife, controversy, scandal and brattiness to hold the attention of a public which has been taught that if there isn’t a struggle, then it really isn’t accomplishing anything.
I remind myself daily to be “dead to this world.”
- Not sleepy, even though that’s nice.
- Not checking out.
- But being careful not to check in too frequently.
If you stay on the fringe, you can see the scenery.
That’s what I believe.
The deeper you move into the center of the circle, the more encircled you will become.
The world can be defined as life inhabited by grownups who remember that their parents looked miserable—and they are honoring the tradition.
Feel free to die to that kind of thinking and be resurrected to the joys of individuality, which may make you less famous, but will also prevent you from becoming infamous.