Monday, August 21, 2006

Thought for the day

Sterling Hayden:

"'I've always wanted to sail to the South Seas, but I can't afford it.' What these men can't afford is not to go. They are enmeshed in the cancerous discipline of 'security'. And in the worship of security we fling our lives beneath the wheels of routine - and before we know it our lives are gone.

"What does a man need - really need? A few pounds of food each day, heat and shelter, six feet to lie down in - and some form of working activity that will yield a sense of accomplishment. That's all ? - in the material sense - and we know it. But we are brainwashed by our economic system until we end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of time payments, mortgages, preposterous gadgetry, playthings that divert our attention for the sheer idiocy of the charade.

"The years thunder by, The dreams of youth grow dim where they lie caked in dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it, the tomb is sealed.

"Where, then, lies the answer? In choice. Which shall it be: bankruptcy of purse or bankruptcy of life?"

2 Comments:

At 3:01 PM, August 21, 2006, Blogger Tillerman said...

So are you planning to run away to the South Seas?

 
At 1:30 PM, August 24, 2006, Blogger the skip said...

Bankruptcy of life is far more costly in the long run.

People that don't succeed find every way to convince themselves they can't afford it mentally or economically, morally, physically, etc.

Too many excuses! Life is too short.

 

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