“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation, and go to the grave with the song still in them.”
This comes from the first chapter Economy in Walden. Basically, what he says is that men are not enjoying their lives. They do not have any time to look inwards and are constantly living with anxiety and self-doubts. And here we’re going to talk about it today.
The above quoted line was from Henry David Thoreau, a political thinker and this quote is also hinting towards those who succumb under the state machinery and fail to stand for their rights, unable to withstand suffering – both physical and spiritual.
Hope is the thing that keeps us up and going even in our hardest of times but the situation of desperation and of losing our hopes is getting common around our stories.
Furthermore, the lines are described as “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind. There is no play in them, for this comes after work. But it is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.”
Anyone would think of escaping this situation with the luxury of life including materialistic items like flying to Thailand. Yet this has never ever given anyone the escape from this miserable situation of life.
So, if not running in a Lamborghini to foreign land, then what way is there to get away from the life of desperation? Is there any way?
THE END OF HOPES
We regularly witness clashes on our route to our dreams while many of us get motivated from them, some just are just broken by them, there whole definition of success shifts from the life of their dreams to the life of materialistic securities.
If we try to find the actual definition of success, the real success is the life with days of joy being more elastic, more embodied and longer. One should never give up on any of his hope because the death of one hope leads to the death of the whole dream and the rise of fear which stops you from reaching your real type of successful life.
I know that being “edgy” can means taking radically good care of yourself, not settling for status quo, and pushing out of the boundaries of possibilities and take a step further towards a life of hopes that are made to come true to life.
The life away from materialistic stuff isn’t the answer to what you might want, you need to ask yourself what is that you desire, what in this small life is that you hope to get. The words of a philosopher quoted below describe the tragic result of wrong decision more precisely,
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, but death told me I haven’t ever lived.”
But, what actually should we do then?
CHOOSE HARDWORK OVER ENVY
We’re regularly threatened by the success of people around us but that is something which makes us fall a level down on the stair case of the best lived life.
You may want to live a life at its fullest but you shouldn’t forget that you want that life to be your own, don’t dwell on living someone else’s dreams and try to get motivated by their success on their path and begin working hard for the hope that you have. Envy is just another friend of desperation and you can’t let it win over your purity. Can you?
START LOOKING INSIDE FIRST
Most of us have false misconceptions dressed as hopes that keeps us busy looking for the things that we think we need and making the wrong choices until we finally rest in peace.
However, to get the peace while we are still alive we have to look inside our hearts and search for the gifts that we have and the gifts that we want to have. We have to start giving birth to the hopes that our desperation is afraid of and only this the fastest way to quit the quiet desperation’s life many of us are living.
The objects we don’t see are concealed from our view, not because they are out our visual range but due to the fact that we do not bring our minds to focus on them. We do not realize how far and widely, or how near and narrowly we are to look. The greater part of world for this reason will stay concealed from all of us unless we look inside us and then find the thing that we have realized we need to look for.
WORK FOR THE ADVENTURE
When I joined this website I joined it for the fun and adventure I can and am having while connecting with this wide range of audience and the variety of experienced people supervising me.
I love the titles like Photographer, writer and traveler, these define the passion of the person holding them with their lives. Their profession are the symbols of our lives, that captures, defines and conveys our existence to everyone around the globe. The most amazing adventure may not be far away in the mountain ranges for every case, sometimes our small backyards have the adventures that we at some point when we were young admired but now with our grown and conservative minds have started to ignore.
Starting a garden, having play time with children, writing poetry about a tree under its shade or just reading your favorite book with a cup of tea with the no one but nature are all the adventures that we can have like right now in our backyards only the willingness to live like that is what we lack.
“Adventure’s exit opens the door for Desperation to your life”
“I don’t want to feel as if my life were a sojourn any longer. It is time now that I begin to live.”
Avoiding the life of desperation doesn’t mean quitting your job to build your own start up because isn’t trendy or cool, but building a company for the fulfillment of your dreams and hopes is what can help us justify our living.
Not taking all your minds and time, the final piece of advice I will give is that to do what you love but also know what you really want to do and what it may follow for you and your hopes.
And keep in mind the words of Howard Thurman that reminds yourself to don’task yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.May none of yours’ life get the desperation situation in your life ever.
And share this article with those people who you care about and let everyone get away from the life of quiet desperation that sucks the living out of people’s lives.