Useless words

“If our life is poured out in useless words,
we will never hear anything,
never become anything,
and in the end,
because we have said everything
before we had anything to say,
we shall be left speechless
at the moment of our greatest decision.”

Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude

 

So much of life is a waste. A waste of words, a waste of actions, a waste of our energies. Truly, only that matters which binds us to our eternal purpose, our destiny in this world. All else is merely a waste.

Do we live a life of purpose, or do we live a life of frivolity? All our actions can be understood as being either of purpose, or of frivolity.

Almost by default, frivolity is that which is unconcerned, disconnected with that which is greater than us, that which was before we came into this world and will remain when we die.

This something greater is nature, it is love, it is service to the suffering, it is the many wonders that lie at the heart of human consciousness and express themselves in art and science. It is all this.

It is not small talk, gossip, attachments, ambitions, flights from the terror of the emptiness within.

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~ by tdcatss on August 28, 2016.

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