My blackout poem was an attempt to look at individuality, while seeing people as a kind of energy. I wanted the reader to contemplate how they play into life. The book does well to show how people change others through life and death, and that influence was something that I hoped to show. While not directly stated, I feel this poem resembles humans and their effects on the world. The light is humanity, bringing meaning to the vast emptiness they are introduced to. But ultimately the emptiness always wins, which is why the darkness is much more pro-dominant in the image.
Today was my first time out on the ice. Not only was it my first time working with my father, and it was also the first time I killed a seal. I’ve never felt so alive! It’s no secret that it has become a right of passage for the men in the community, but even so I never expected it to feel so invigorating. My father always said that “your first kill will be something you remember ’till the day you die”, and I am quite certain he was right. The rush that came from watching the life fade from that seal’s eyes is indescribable.
I know that this business is one that I can really pour my heart into, and I look forward to my future in it. I don’t know where this work will take me, but I am certain that it will be somewhere I want to go.
What makes us humans different from animals? The ability to ask questions. The fact that we are able to ask and attempt to discover why things are the way they are and even possibly changing them. Now while answering questions is wonderful there are many that cannot be answered until much further down the road of human progress. The largest question that everyone has asked themselves is why are we here? For what do we exist to say or do? And the answer is of course we don’t know. Nobody has a way to find out why we exist or what we exist to do. But yet we as humans thirst for answers we have put countless hours each thinking about all we know and trying to figure out that cannot be answered. However because of the nature of the human mind it needs an answer and many find that answer in religion. Every religion has their answer to how we got here and why we exist. But now science has the answer to how we exist but yet it cannot explain what each person is supposed to do. Now it cannot be explained because there is no answer. Each person is supposed to find that answer for themselves nobody can tell you who to be or what to do. The point of existence has one guaranteed and irrefutable answer simply to exist. A scientific man would say that the point of existence is to pass down your knowledge to the next generation to guarantee the future of humanity. A religious man would say it is your duty to spread the word of god. An atheist would say you should pursue your desires no matter the cost. So that is where our lives are supposed to find meaning but can anyone ever really find meaning in life with the distractions that we all consume.
Those are my thoughts on the meaning of life. But there are countless other thought provoking questions that I didn’t have time to write about so I’ve listed them here for you.
If you could say anything to the world what would you say? What could possibly be said to knock sense into the world?
If you had all the money you could ever want what would you do? What would you do? Who would you try to protect? What would you repair with the money obtained?
Are you holding onto something that you need to let go of? What’s stopping you? What could you do to let go of it?
What is the last thing that you’ve done that’s really worth remembering? What makes it worth remembering while other things are not?
What is worth doing today to improve yourself? Why is this beneficial to you?
Now these are some of the countless questions that keep me puzzling every day and i feel that many others should ask themselves these questions. Many people can help you figure out answers to these questions but can those people guide you to the answers that are the best for you or will they tell you what they think you want to hear? I hope you enjoyed my thoughts on what cannot be explained and please leave comments below on your thoughts.