The wisdom of those who die too soon
Existence means suffering.
Life requires a desperate balancing act of motivations, and happiness eludes you, as you wander in the past, present, and future. You struggle to live happy. Who doesn't want happiness?
The recent death of Philip Seymour Hoffman pains me, empathy allowing me to care deeply for a person I did not know personally. I miss his presence on earth. He speaks here of motivations that are natural in humans - ambition, longing for fame and success.
You know that you shouldn't allow vanity to rule you, but suppressing the feelings does not make them disappear. Experience proves that they are not the route to happiness, but the emotions are so hard to control.
Heath Ledger is another person that I miss daily. His words hold wisdom in the light hearted approach to life, and living in the present moment. Clearing your mind of the past and the future makes you conscious of the present moment, each breath you take.
The approach to life that Ledger describes is more likely bring happiness. Yet neither of these great men were apparently happy.
Both suffered, and knowing that forces me to feel their suffering as well. It's easy to say that you live in the present moment, but difficult to practice.
Their deaths are sad.
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