Saturday, September 01, 2007

What Moves You

What is it that moves you? Money, Power, Mercy, Love, Kindness, Friendship... What is it that is left after you've had all your success? Everyone has an answer I'm sure, but in my own opinion some are right answers and some are answers to be re-assesed.. I was just thinking if you told a greedy person that all that he wants in the world is his, what more would be his purpose? I'm just thinking out loud; the luxury of having thinking time.

5 Years ago I was reading about how Socrates was arrested and condemned to death, he was offered a chance to escape, but he didn't. He believed in the system that condemned him to death unjustly, and that's why he didn't run. I thought him very stupid not to save his skin, but later on after thinking about it, I realized he was lucky to know exactly what he would die for. For one to be worth something, he has to care enough about something to die for.

So what is it that moves you? What would you die for? That's a question I asked myself and I ask you, because only by answering this will we know what is truly important.

19 comments:

Jade said...

My Family.

Without a second thought... Money can get spent, power can be lost, health... well that's in the hands of God, Pride & dignity is a conception or mis-conception of one's self, but Family...

Oh my - if I would give up my life for my Mom for example, I would do it in a heart beat. Without a thought. No questions asked.

Nice post... hehehee, everyone's gettin hooked to the questions thing :) Let's see what the world has to say... I'm too scared to ask you what moves you - cause then you will come back & smack in the face & let me taste my own poisen sa7? :( Tell me "I'm the only one that asks the questions around here" sa7? mashi - ana elly gebtoh le nafsy!

Cairene said...

That's one disturbing question.

Adrateia was asking me a similar question a while ago. If I were in Socrates's shoes I would probably run away. I hate the idea of death taking me away.

I will probably kill myself if I get everything I want. If I were the greedy man, once I get it all, what's left to live for?

I always thought it's such a glorious day when I die for my country. When I saw the invasion of Iraq, I changed my mind. Look at these people who will die for their country. Not only will they die, they will KILL, which is worse.

There must be a whole lot of things that move me. Money moves me because it buys time. Mercy moves me because I can't do it. Love moves me because it adds life to life. Friendship moves me because it gives you very good reasons to smile and cry. I don't know, though, if I would die for anything except myself and maybe a socialist revolution!

N said...

i'd die for love, and i'd die for the truth.. but aren't those the same thing?

Adrasteia said...

that question is dangerous--it doesn't tell you what's important so much as what's important to YOU.

when i was going through my suicidal phase i would've died for a stranger or a donkey. i feel bad for donkeys.

strangers and donkeys are nice and all but they dont exactly make life worth living do they?

i find that the length of the list shows how much a person values their life more than anything else.

Will E. said...

Jade: A taste of your own medicine is correct:) But you're very clear about it what's important to you.. I can only hint that you're luckier than I am.

Cairene: A socialist revolution?? you're kidding right?

n: I think that love and truth differ as things to die for. Love is something you know for certain cause it's a feeling you have inside, but truth is an absolute that you cannot know for sure but only believe in.. to die for one isn't like dying for the other is it?

adrasteia: I know your donkey problem, I have a good friend who feels the same sympathy towards donkeys (that's why she's sympathetic towards me perhaps).. there's a difference between a death wish and a voluntary decision to give up your life when you don't want it taken.. And of course things that are important aren't absolutely important to everyone, it's always subjective.

Cairene said...

Actually, I'm half kidding half not. Half kidding because I know a socialist revolution is not happening any soon. Half not because if it did start, I would probably give up everything and join in.

the lonely twin said...

i'd die for a cause I believe in or reporting from a war zone...
i'd for love if it was worth it
i'd never die for a friend..
money and power don't move me in the first place to make me die for them...
btw did you ever see the movie life of david gale? it kinda reminds me of your post

ZeRoCoOl said...
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ZeRoCoOl said...

Will powerful harbinger of thought. You just gave me goose bumps.....just like Jade said my
mother because NO ONE ever match her fountain of unconditional L that she gives me....it took me years to figure this out :D

but just playing devils advocate.

"Everyone has an answer I'm sure, but in my own opinion some are right answers and some are answers to be re-assesed.."

We live in a world of sophists who for the right price will purport agenda for truth. And make the truth just another point of view pulling the wool over the eyes of the many sheep.

Will E. said...

Cairene, so a socialist revolution it is then... but i'm curious to know what's the underlying motivation .. is it socialism itself that you believe in? or ill feelings against the mistreatment of the masses by the bourgeois?

lonely twin, I haven't seen the life of David Gale.. I was a little worried about why you were certain you weren't moved by friendship, but your last post sort of explained it a bit. I guess I know how you feel.

zerocool, is it fair to say that unconditional love is what moves you which is embodied in your mom? how about you Jade? Unconditional love?

I completely agree with you Z about the sophists of this world. They'd tell you that there's no real truth except one that's perceived..(which isn't what I was telling N btw)

So we have a predominant love, truth, and socialist revolution (??) as things that move us...

Can't resist adding this lame conclusion:
Love is to die for

okay you may at once take decisions not to come here again after that previous sentence :)

Eventuality said...

Hmmm, good question.

Random acts of kindness. Doing something for someone with absolutely nothing in it for you, with the aim of making that person happy...whether it's me doing the act, or someone else.

Also, justice. I hate injustice.

So there you have it: kindness and justice.

Juka said...

Hmm... I've been giving your questions some thought and I still feel my answer will sound cliche, but if I've had all my worldly success what left would be the desire for the non-worldly, the search for being looked at favourably by the Lord. I'd seek spiritual contentment and that would move me. I guess.. did that make sense at all?

Cairene said...

:D Both are the same thing!

Will E. said...

eventuality: justice is very appealing with all the injustice that goes around.. and I think it's an abstraction of cairen's socialist revolution because of all the people that are mistreated

Juka, I don't think it's that cliche.. most people don't give the spirit much importance because it's intangible while in fact after all is said and done it's he only thing that remains. Intelligence, money, body .. they all fade, but the spirit is what we carry around all the time and it makes sense to try to please it after you've pleased all else.. Did i follow correctly?

Juka said...

Yeah! You totally nailed it :)

insomniac said...

when i first read that post, i couldn't really tell what moved me!! so i took my time thinkig and observing, and here it goes...

kindness moves me; a kind gesture could make my day, even if it was't done to me!!

i think truth and justice are to die for if i am ever to die for anything (although i wouldn't really count on it)

Nora said...

Happiness moves me. Whether it be something that makes me happy or just makes me smile. Someone doing something for other just to make them happy.

Will E. said...

are you not usually happy?

Nora said...

It is weird to answer that...
I try to be happy. At the same time my life has been filled with a healthy dose of shit for as long as I can remember..
So, it gets me down sometimes. It makes me want to run away and hide a lot...
But through it all, I try to make myself happy.
So, somehow I am and somehow I am not!
That sounds hideously bi-polar, doesn't it...