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The choice

“I won’t tell you that the world matters nothing, or the world’s voice, or the voice of society. They matter a great deal. They matter far too much. But there are moments when one has to choose between living one’s own life, fully, entirely, completely -or dragging out some false, shallow, degrading existence that the world in its hypocrisy demands. You have that moment now. Choose!”
From Lady Windermere’s Fan, by Oscar Wilde

The choice seems fairly simple, once it’s put into words. On one side, happiness, meaning, creativity. In one word: LIFE. On the other, a vacuum. What’s it going to be? And that’s a question that you have to answer every day: What’s it going to be today? I don’t know what your answer was in the past, even today, and I can’t predict what it will be in the future, but this much I know: not everybody is conscious of having opted for the vacuum. Many times that choice is made for you, when you are a kid. That’s what education has become. Sir Ken Robinson addresses this issue in the speech attached below, called “Do schools kill creativity?”

┬áNow that you are aware of the choice, I ask you: What’s it going to be for you today?

This speech was sent to me by a dear friend and mentor, Stony River.

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January 27, 2009 at 2:52 pm Leave a comment


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