Philosophy Of Life:
“The pendulum of mind Oscillates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong”
– C G Jung
What is right and what is wrong? It is kinda like the Shakespearean dilemma – To be or not to be!
So often I have wondered as to what is the right thing to do and have been deterred by the wrong things more. Maybe it is because the society finds it very easy to label the right from wrong.
And I realize that I have refrained from so many activities cos they have been labeled wrong. Although some of them have helped save my skin, a lot of them have pushed my spirit of adventurism down and I really wonder – does it make sense to battle the right and wrong or just do what we feel right?
Somewhere in these lines, the above quote from Carl Jung makes a bit of sense. Although I am still a newbie to the idea of philosophy of life and have respect for it as a broader subject, the philosophy here is a bit puzzling.
The pendulum of life oscillates between sense and nonsense. In a stricter aspect, I guess it is very hard to define what is right or what is wrong.
We all have a perception of the world and we all are right in our own ways. If disobeying your parents is wrong for someone, for someone else that is the only way you can reach your deepest dreams of life. For some, it may mean neither, but we are not going to talk about them today.
But what we are trying to say here is – it is very difficult to quantify something as right or wrong. I mean it is easy to say or judge something right or wrong, but we do that only on our scale and whether it makes sense to us or not. If it doesn’t make sense to us, we call it wrong.
But what if there is nothing called right or wrong? What if there is nothing called sense or nonsense? We have been basing that on the collective knowledge of our world. How much of it can we rely on?
What if we tap on to that curiosity at the next level? I do agree that I am touching a question here for which the answer too can be very subjective.
But there is a point we are trying to drive here. So many times, we are trying to wonder what is right or what is wrong. But perhaps the question is a little more different than that. Right or wrong is not for us to decide in the moment, it is about how we place an occurrence in our life
– Does it help us grow?
– What is the implication of this occurrence to my life and my life alone?
– What else can it imply to the ones I love and care for?
– What does it mean in the essence of global good?
We are just talking about your perspective here cos that is all we care about right now. I don’t know how big a debate right or wrong can be. I also know that we cannot completely dissociate ourselves from labeling things as right or wrong. But we can use it at our own judgement and discretion.
I think we are all very well equipped to handle the larger questions or what people call the philosophy of life. The answers might be in just looking at the questions in a slightly different way.
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