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A blog by Leon Oudejans

We are all searching for something for our entire life

Last week, we reached a joint conclusion: we are all searching for something for our entire life. She added that some people are actively searching while others are searching passively.

In my life, this ‘something’ has been – and still is – a moving target (eg, contributing to society, delivering added value, learning, money, status, teaching, wisdom). I suppose this/these target(s) will be different for others. My point is that all of us are searching. Our goals or “targets” will differ.

There’s an alternative related scenario: finding. We just wait for what and/or who comes into our life. This may consume less energy (eg, a koala approach to life). Let’s deem this scenario to be equal to passively searching.

I suppose the triangle Love, Knowledge & Power encloses all the “things” that we may be searching for. At least, I would not be able to come up with anything beyond that triangle. Moreover, Wisdom lies in the center of that triangle.

There’s a quote from Chinese philosopher, poet and politician Confucius who once argued: “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” It may well be that searching is part of this complexity. Finding allows for a more simple life. Also see my blogs on complexity vs simplicity.

Interestingly, the Chinese ‘lying flat’ movement could be considered as a modern interpretation of Confucius: a choice “to “lie down flat and get over the beatings” via a low-desire, more indifferent attitude towards life.” (Wiki). The ambitions of previous generations are lost on them, in China and elsewhere (my 2021 blog).

I think, feel and believe that I’ve been migrating from searching to finding. I suppose that my desire to follow the flow (eg, of life) is a reason for this. Moreover, I’m more and more aware that I do not know the specifics of what I’ve been searching for. If so, why bother searching? Let’s try something new: finding.

The quote below may explain the behaviour of many:

“If I cease searching, then, woe is me, I am lost. That is how I look at it – keep going, keep going, come what may.” A quote by Vincent Van Gogh from The Letters of Vincent van Gogh.

Take Me For What I’m Worth (1965) by The Searchers
artists, lyrics, video, Wiki-1, Wiki-2

Note: all markings (bold, italic, underlining) by LO unless stated otherwise.


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