The myth of Why

September 18, 2009


The opportunity to ‘discover-decide’  why ones soul is bleeding allows a person to make sense of the situation.

In this ‘discovering-deciding’, do we lead, as in creating a meaning, or do we follow as in discovering a meaning? Both take place a posteriori; events have already occurred. It is a matter, now, of who gets to say why things have happened, I or destiny?

Which of the two paths to peace we take, in assisted mental metabolism or therapy, is of no functional importance; psychology does not reach out to the soul, it is about helping a mind in anguish.

When you carry a burden, meaning is helpful, whether you make it up or find it.

I usually tell myself:  “I found it”


“O Fortune, like the moon

you are changeable,

ever waxing

and waning;

hateful life

first oppresses

and then soothes

as fancy takes it”

FROM: O Fortuna – Carmina Burana – by Carl Orff


3 Responses to “The myth of Why”

  1. hey Exuvia, this is a great line:

    “When you carry a burden, meaning is helpful, whether you make it up or find it.”

    You’ve got to keep pushing the damn rock up the mountain, you’ll need to find a way to make-do mentally.

    My only problem with your statement would be that the meaning can sometimes add to the burden. If you’re blissfully smelling the wildflowers as you scale the mountainside you may be neglecting your burden and missing the fact that someone is tacking some extra weight to your load.

    Seeing this happen all over the world. I have nothing against religious belief, but there are people who put absolute faith in the leaders of their religion. Leaders can be misleading for their own gains.

    Christian republicans being duped into believing war with foreign countries is consistent with their beliefs. American imperialism in the name of Christianity just gives Christianity a bad name- adding to the Christian’s burden.

    Suicide bombers who believe God would award them for their act. The bomber might actually carry a larger burden in the afterlife for his offence against god’s creations. . . .

    i could make a really long list here.

  2. exuvia said

    “…meaning can sometimes add to the burden”

    Meaning gives and meaning takes.

    Every poison can be a medicine, every medicine a poison.

    “i could make a really long list here.”
    We could make a really long list here, history would be our witness.

  3. exuvia said

    We could just carry the burden but seem to prefer knowing why.

    Slaves would know that a stronger power – much stronger – made them do it and that their lives depended upon doing so. A good enough reason…

    ‘Free’ men have more elaborate stories. They are their own task masters and love to pose a question they themselves answer. They see freedom in that.

    The burden of illness and death washes away the apparent difference and merges the two in a universal conundrum: Why?

    We are stunned at misfortune and find solace in an explanation.

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