“Our obligation is to give meaning to life and in doing so to overcome the passive, indifferent life”
- Elie Wiesel
Elie Wiesel is a Holocaust survivor from Romania who has written several amazing books about his experiences. He has campaigned tirelessly for human rights and has been awarded the Nobel Peace prize for his work. The quote above got us thinking about what is living and the difference between that and merely existing.
Obviously, everyone's definition is different, people put worth in different things and that defines the path that they follow but what paths should we be following? What should give meaning to our lives?
There are several things which we believe make life worth living and they are as follows (in no particular order):
We have written about this extensively, we believe that love is the most powerful force in the world. Love is what binds us together and what makes people do crazy things for each other. The minutai of day to day living can diminish or distract us from the love we feel for our family, our friends, our lovers but we shouldn't let it. We need to try and remember that we only get one life and we must fill it with as much love as possible. Love knows no bounds, it is not constrained by time or by geography and we should always remember that no matter how dark life can get, we are all loved.
Hope (along with love) gives people the strength to get out of bed in the mornings. The hope that today can be a little bit better than yesterday. This hope is for us but it is also for humanity and the world. We should all have hope and the belief that things can get better, otherwise what is the point in trying? Seriously, what's the point in anything if we don't have hope for the future? In the words of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected American official, 'you've got to give them hope'.
This is so important to us! We would encourage everyone to have passion for life. Life is too short not to. Everyday millions of people are forced into situations that make their lives unbearable. They are forced to take up professions that they have no passion for, that don't stimulate them and that make them unhappy. Although this situation is sadly the reality, it shouldn't be. We should all be encouraged to follow our dreams and not to settle for second best.
The three things that we have listed today, are not the only ways to lead a meaningful, happy life but for us, they are definitely part of it. Every single person deserves love, every single person needs hope and every single person should have passion. We must have these things in our own lives but we must help others have love, hope and passion also. As Elie Wiesel said we have an OBLIGATION to bring meaning to life, every life.