The title of my blog, “rideo, ergo supero” means “I laugh, therefore I survive.” It’s a play on the Descartes proposition “cogito, ergo sum” – “I think, therefore I exist.” The human interpretation of his state of being has always fascinated me, in all its forms. It can be as simple as to ask “what is the meaning of life?” (Answer: 42.) It can be a whole structure of thought or belief, as the world’s various religions have developed. Or it can be the agnostic approach: it’s (currently) beyond human understanding, so let’s just set that question aside and live our lives as best we can.
One area of thought I came across was zen. Without touching on its Buddhist origins, the zen concept of simply being is compelling. One of the texts that I read, Kabat-Zinn’s Wherever You Go, There You Are helped a lot in getting a layman get into the zen frame of mind.
The underlying thinking is that the reason for your troubles is outside of you – in the location, in others, in the circumstances. Change the location, change the circumstances and everything will fall into place; you can start over, have a new beginning.
The trouble with this way of seeing is that it conveniently ignores the fact that you carry your head and your heart, and what some would call your “karma,” around with you. You cannot escape yourself, try as you might.
Being defines a person. How you choose to be determines how your life will turn out.