Sushi for thought
Over the weekend it was reported that a few World War Two Japanese soldiers were still hiding in the Philipines. About 20 years ago the last known soldiers were found, still hiding out, not knowing that the war was over. They had to find thier 82 year old former commanding officer to convince them that the war was indeed over. The more recent soldiers apparently had left their unit back in 1945 or so, and were hiding out for fear of being court martialled if found. Which gets me to my point: Is that a life? Has sad is it to spend 50 years either fighting a war that is already over, or hiding needlessly? How do they feel when they find out that the main governing objective in their life is null and void?
Obviously, one can say the same about those who pursue pleasure and then find spirituality, and realize that hedonism, ala King Solomon in Kohellet, is a futile pursuit as well. But, at least they had fun, and enjoyed themselves while doing it. However, there are people for whom achieving the goal, no matter how purposeless or futile, bring fulfillment.
A friend in his young and foolish days ran up large amounts of credit card debt, and over 10 years has gradually paid it down. Recently, the companies have raised the interest rates to over 20%, although he has never missed a payment. He still has a rather large balance, and over time, has repaid in interest several times the initial loan amount. His has put his life on hold until he gets it all payed off. He refuses to declare bankruptcy because for 10 years he has dedicated his life to this goal, and now, even though the finish line has been pushed back a few years(or more), he refuses to take a short cut. Paying off his credit card debts rather than living the life he wants to live, has become the purpose in his life. I wonder if he will be happy when he accomplishes it, or if he will look back and regret not taking an easier way out.