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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Find a Way of Living

Last time I suggested that you lose your "religion."

"And replace it with what?" you might ask.

Many people think "religion" is for Sunday mornings (or Friday nights, or...)

What I propose here is that, if you have a religion, you allow it to invade your whole life.

And if you don't have a religion, be sure you have a lifestyle, a consistent worldview, that is fulfilling, that gives shape to your life.

In other words, if you're wandering aimlessly, stop it.

A few years ago I learned an interesting word: anomie.

The "a" means "not," as in "asymmetrical" (not symmetrical). And the "-nomie" is like the "-nomy" in "astronomy" and "economy." It means "law."

So the first meaning of "anomie" is that there is no law, at least as we perceive things. Anomie is "a breakdown or absence of social norms and values."

But anomie is more than that. It's the feeling of alienation, purposelessness, and DESPAIR that comes when one has a sense of order-less-ness.

Imagine a child who has been raised with no rules, no limits. Not only will he become a hellion; but he will also be a miserable hellion.

We need a sense of order, whether religious, social, or scientific.

If you don't have one, find one.

You'll be happier.

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