Life is a mystery

I’ve lived in this world for what seems like a terribly long time, or sometimes barely any time at all. And I’ve learned a lot, or perhaps almost nothing.

I’ve learned that the world is senseless and meaningless and that life is without purpose. And I’ve learned that the world is rational and ordered and that we have the power to create our own meaning and purpose.

I’ve learned that people are strong and clever, and weak and stupid. And that we all make mistakes, and do the right thing too.

I’ve learned that we need forgiveness and that we need to be thanked.

And I know that we need to love and be loved, not because we are perfect and worthy of adoration, nor because we are broken and needy, but because we are all these things at once.

I have learned that life is a complicated mystery, but sometimes very simple and clear.

23 responses to “Life is a mystery

  1. Reblogged this on Mindful Digressions and commented:
    I’ve got some stuff to do today that means being away from my beloved computer for a few hours. But I saw this post by Steve Morris this morning and it really grabbed me. It’s simple yet deep and I though it was worth sharing. Comments on my blog for this are disabled. Please comment on Steve’s.

  2. Hey Steve, what’s your thoughts on the new iPhone 6, “complicated mystery,” or “very simple and clear?” (By the way, I have the 6.)

  3. Some people don’t even learn this much.

  4. oooh… I tried to leave a message there because I loved it… but it was one of those: fill in the information boxes posts, and I just don’t do that.

  5. Life is indeed simple in its complexity …. or is it complex in its simplicity?
    Either way, great post 🙂

  6. Well done. Camus is turning in his grave. Or maybe he was cremated. Or lost at sea. Or drank hemlock. Or fell off the stage and broke his neck while receiving the Nobel. Or, was lost somewhere in Oprah’s book club. Anyway, nicely said. Lucy

  7. And Oxford is where one of my favorite Masterpiece Mysteries is set. Endeavour. Like to see the scenery around there.

  8. This was beautifully written.

  9. This piece reminds me of a spiral; beautifully simple and complicated at the same time. Speaking as a person from a similar vintage, may I add that if there is one thing I have learnt, it is that generosity of spirit is so attractive in another human being. Being mean with praise or compliments, putting people down, sneering – it is so easy to do and so cheap. “…we need forgiveness and we need to be thanked” is spot on, so thank you!

  10. Beautifully stated smiles

    • sonmi upon the Cloud.
  11. Very honest–thank you.

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