It is a unique belief throughout history that we humans who haven’t seen war or devastation or hunger for 70 years irrationally hold.
Even the last war for our own country was fought 20 years ago far away on an unrelated border and its been 47 years since our people have had a real war.
Peace feeds delusions. Peace fattens us up the way a goat is fattened before Eid or a Turkey before Thanksgiving.
And the belief is – Tomorrow will always be better than today.
Let us not call it a belief. Let us call it a conviction, it is that unshakeable in most people.
Tomorrow will always be better than today. There are better things to come for us. If today is a bad day, we tell ourselves that its just an off day.
We are in a perpetual bull run of life, with a couple of bear signals and one or two major selloffs but generally, our life is going to get cushier, we are going to get more successful, the people are going to get more rights, more equality, justice, blah blah blah.
And we make this belief into a virtue by saying you cannot live without hope. But that isn’t hope, what good is hope without preparedness?
And we make the same fallacy about our individual life, we believe that the pursuit of whatever is a noble goal which cannot but help being fulfilled in the long run.
And we become cushy, fat, complacent. We drug ourselves with the anesthetics of familiarity and comfort and that dull feeling of pleasure which is absence of thought and general merriment. When we become too numb, we take a stimulant shot of a holiday or sex which only lasts so long.
And those that think things aren’t hunky dory – we label them sick with a disease called clinical depression.
But what if your life isn’t a straight uphill climb, a straight velocity graph with y axis at infinity going on and on?
What if the party is over and no one bothered to tell you this and all you have left to do in life is wash the dishes?
What if the best, the very best your life could be is right now, this week this month this year this decade? That things are NEVER going to get better than what they are today, at this very moment?
Why are we afraid of entertaining this thought? That maybe we have reached the peak and all now is a plateau followed by downhill? Why are we do afraid of letting go that one thing, that single thing so dear to us?
The goal isn’t to be a cynic or a sceptic. Both are as idiotic as being an epicurean or a hedonist, whatever your fix maybe. Maybe the world will never read kierkegaard but there has to be a middle way.
And the only middle way, the only thing which is there in your own hands, the only goal worth pursuing in life is to get stronger tomorrow than today.
That’s it. Be stronger tomorrow than today.
Be stronger physically tomorrow than today. Work out, be physically stronger. People do idiotic things like cardio workouts and crunches and sugar free diets and all nonsense when the simple way to look at exercise is something that makes you stronger. Cardio makes your heart stronger. Crunches and crossfits and aerobics and pilates and zumba make your core stronger. Lifting weights make your muscles stronger. Climbing mountains makes your will stronger. And so on.
Be stronger mentally today than yesterday. A situation in which you would have reacted a year ago would maybe draw the exact same urges in your head but strength is always in what you do than what you think. The goal is to be stronger today than yesterday, and expect worse tomorrow than today and strengthen yourself for it. Chase out every delusion in the farthest recesses of your head as ruthlessly as you chase a cockroach out of your house.
Be stronger emotionally today than yesterday.
Be stronger financially tomorrow than today.
Be in a stronger relationship tomorrow than today. Those cords which aren’t strong enough, those invisibly fraying or those that appear to be fraying while actually being as strong as yesterday – don’t pull too hard on them for support – they aren’t there to bear your weight. And at the same time, weave as many webs as a spider so you can float in air on many rather than hanging on few.
The best is not yet to come. The best is over. Done and dusted. There’s nothing more to look forward to.
So be strong. It sounds like a nike commercial but wisdom in this modern age isnt found in books, it’s apt that the wisest sentences are the cringiest and no one listens to them because they are always on tv. It’s how our age is.
Of fat men hanging on spider webs and believing they are floating.