Monday, February 20, 2012
The Unexamined Life Is Not Worth Living
So I have been reading this book with a group of guys and discussing the themes and topics within the pages. Don't pick this up if you don't want to look inward and you don't want to reflect on the past, or to create a new future. Miller talks about life is like living within our own story. We can write the story or we can let the story come to us and be written for us.
One quote that struck me was this: "I've wondered, though, if one of the reasons we fail to acknowledge the brilliance of life is because we don't want the responsibility inherent in the acknowledgement. We don't want to be characters in a story because characters have to move and breathe and face conflict with courage. And if life isn't remarkable, then we don't have to do any of that; we can be unwilling victims rather than grateful participants."
So my thought is: isn't this one of the reasons I compete in triathlons? Isn't this one of the reasons I go to Colorado to climb and hike mountains? Isn't this why I want my kids to be their best? I think it is. I think it is because I want a better story for my life and I want my kids to have a better story for their lives.