If a plant cannot live according to its nature, it dies; and so a man.
I watched a documentary of a man who lived with bears in Alaska for ten-years.
He walked amongst them every summer, in the deep wilderness. People thought he was crazy and more of a danger to the bears—overly-habituating them to humans and lowering their defenses towards hunters, and increasing the threat for campers— and others thought of him a hero.
“I fight for the bears!” he spoke with passion. “I love them soooo much.”
In 2003, his last summer in Alaska, he was killed and eaten by a bear. Many said that he “deserved it.” “If you play with fire, you’re bound to get burnt!” someone reminded.
But I can’t agree with those that think this man was wrong. It can never be wrong to follow your calling. I say, you must play with fire! You must march towards the light, like the moth, even it means your eminent demise.
For to stay “alive” and not follow the beat of your nature, is to live in a tomb of a body—enslaved by the chains and chatter of “what’s right” and “what’s wrong” and “what society says is good” and “what society says is bad.” You’re already dead if you march to the prevailing societal winds.
But to follow your calling—no matter what!—is to achieve infinity, “everlasting life,” with our without your body. On Earth or anywhere else.
To live is to be willing to die in the pursuance of your nature.
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