Friday, January 23, 2015
Efficiency in Thinking
My son and I were discussing a post on somebody's Facebook.....a post that went on and on and on and on...........and on and on.
" I tried to read this, Mom, but Ken just went on and on and on and on.....and I am too tired to plow through all these words. Do you want to read it and tell me what you think of this post?"
I read.....and read.....and read. After all, Ken is my son's childhood friend and spent hours in the company of our family. Ken came out of the closet after he moved to New York City.
He is brilliant and highly educated, and has money.
Did I mention Ken has money?
Ken looks with longing at my son's family of three kids and a wife who insists on raising chickens in the middle of the city, free range chickens that roost in the trees.
Ken doesn't see the clutter, the struggle, the financial challenge.
Instead he sees only the love.
Looking up at my son I say, "Oh, this is a sad post. Ken is so lonely."
"I know that, but I can't plow through all his lonely ramblings. I am too tired. I just want to live my life, love my kids and die."
I am a little shocked. "Well, what then? After you die, what then? What do you think is the purpose of life?"
He looks at me in the same way he looked at Ken's Facebook post. Defeated by the abundance of words.
"Mom, people have been asking that question as long as man has existed and nobody knows the answer. I'm not wasting my time thinking about it."
"So, you think life has no purpose, no meaning?"
"Oh, it has meaning and purpose but I have become efficient in thinking. I no longer waste energy thinking about the unknowable. Just live my life and enjoy the goodness of life."
"Are you depressed?"
"Nope. I'm happy. As long as you keep your thinking efficient, you won't get depressed."
"I think you should reply to Ken's post with 'r u ok?' "
"Naw, that's too wordy anymore. Maybe just 'K'. and let it go."
Today's world....... efficient......
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