Thursday, September 29, 2011

MiddleState or Inclinations?

Morning Everyone,

 How is life going on? Enjoying to core I guess. All is well at my end too.

 I was listening to Robinson Crusoe the other day, not in person though, and found something interesting. Here is a small excerpt, from the book:

Situation: Father of Robinson Crusoe, is trying to persuade his son from going to sea. Kindly go through the same:

He told me it was men of desperate fortunes on one hand, or of aspiring, superior fortunes on the other, who went abroad upon adventures, to rise by enterprise, and make themselves famous in undertakings of a nature out of the common road; that these things were all either too far above me or too far below me; that mine was the middle state, or what might be called the upper station of low life, which he had found, by long experience, was the best state in the world, the most suited to human happiness, not exposed to the miseries and hardships, the labour and sufferings of the mechanic part of mankind, and not embarrassed with the pride, luxury, ambition, and envy of the upper part of mankind. He told me I might judge of the happiness of this state by this one thing - viz. that this was the state of life which all other people envied; that kings have frequently lamented the miserable consequence of being born to great things, and wished they had been placed in the middle of the two extremes, between the mean and the great; that the wise man gave his testimony to this, as the standard of felicity, when he prayed to have neither poverty nor riches.

    Well, what have you got to say about this train of thoughts?  Is the middle state, the upper station of low life, so blissful? Doesn't everyone want to have superior fortunes? Then, why on earth is the middle station so good? My oldman also thinks about current life all the time and doesn't want to venture into something unknown, doesn't want to give head to calling and inclination to particular hobby. Many a people, feel it is good to just go on with lives as they come. What have you got to say? Inclinations?? Hobbies?? Middle state?? Which one is better? What is your calling? 

with warm regards


Sarah Tokeley said...

No, I don't want to have 'superior fortune'. Enough to live on and not worry about would be fine. Too much would be a headache :-)

Anonymous said...

interesting discussion.

it is hard to get wealthy or famous by luck. ordinary living is just as beautiful.

Abhishek said...

I prefer the superior fortune?

I am not sure .. I just wanna enjoy the life ..

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