Dramatic Question: What if happiness comes from knowing your place?
Premise: Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant
Story Message: Love kills us, but protects our soul; indifference destroys everything
Love kills us, but protects our soul; it is what binds us to the wheel of life and guarantees immortality. Indifference corrupts our soul and makes death absolute.
Death creates the struggle to survive. It is what spurs us to seek out meaning and to evolve. However, death need not be absolute. A legacy will survive death and endure.
Going in search of ourselves is a rite of passage for every young person. Ironically, what we seek is rarely found outside of ourselves, but comes from within — and it comes from forging ties that bind us and responsibilities to other people. In other words, when we find our place in the world, we discover love. And when we discover love, we find solace from the anxieties that plagued us in our youth and prevented us from understanding our purpose in life,
To discover love, we must die before our death. Love kills. This is necessary to renew and to rid ourselves of the selfish impulses that were obstacles to our happiness — impulses that we nurtured in our youth. In fact we may need to come close to the precipice many times, before we finally realise how to let go of that which is hurting us. Only afterwards will we know our place.
Our place in the world includes constructs of our society and the expectations of others. But, it is a great deal more than that. It includes our place in a cosmic sense. By becoming one with nature, closer to our family and friends, at one within the community, we learn that self-sacrifice is not as difficult as we had previously thought, because it benefits us spiritually by giving us a sense of purpose, harmony, and well-being.
Once we know our place, we feel secure in the knowledge that we're doing the right thing — not only for others, but for ourselves, and for future generations. This feeling is pride. Not the pride that comes from vanity, but a deep sense of belonging and fulfillment.
Knowing your place and fully committing yourself to the responsibilities that come as a consequence of this understanding, is a form of submission — but not the kind of submission that comes from weakness, but the kind that comes from awe. It is an acceptance of the terms of the universe and that there are things that we can neither change, nor comprehend. Embracing this awe embeds us into a timeless community that stretches out in both directions, past and future. We are the link between all that came before and all that someday will be. It helps us see how we fit into the wheel of life, gives life its meaning, and gives us a purpose.