Tuesday, January 13, 2015

What defines winning?

Read this, think about how it gets repeated around the world, and then suggest realistic solutions. It's not as though only France faces this issue.



My husband came across this article and sent me the link. It's a good one. It goes rather well with a dream I had last night, a movie type dream, where I woke up with a quote, repeated twice through the dream, where the hero tried to tell this to a young man. 

Wanting power is for children. 
Winning is what matters.

At first you might think those things are synonymous. I mean doesn't power lead to winning? But when I lay in bed thinking about it, as my husband and I talked about it, I thought it's not the same, and it's one of those things that is leading to a misunderstanding of life and goals.

So you have these boys in the burbs-- not just in Paris but around the world. They don't think it's worth working for anything as they can have power without working-- just by breaking the law or walking into a movie theater with an automatic rifle. For an instant, the ones who killed the cartoonists had power or so they thought. But what did they win? They might have believed they won if they believed the ones who use them, but what exactly did they win?

Some of these killers end up in prison for the rest of their lives. Some get a martyrdom that they believe will lead to a heavenly glory but they die not really knowing it will. Their cause doesn't get helped. They do scare some people. Steal some lives. But what did they win for that moment of supposed power?

I think it goes even further for the billionaires who keep acquiring more money than they can ever use. They think it gives them power over others. But what do they win? A world that has polluted air, using up resources for future generations, having hot women on their arms for a time, but what do they really win?

The real question in life is-- what makes for a win? If it is all about getting power, and that's their definition of the win, the person never did figure it out.


7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Julie said,

Hi! I like the phrase you heard in your dream. It sounds like something that could also be used in the science fiction or fantasy genre. Thanks for the links. It is helpful to see that there is more than one side of any story.

Anonymous said...

Julie said,

Being a healthy sceptic is a better choice for me. There are many theories floating around out there.

Rain Trueax said...

I like the word skeptic. Works for me too :)

Anonymous said...

Julie said,

Woops. Thanks for correcting my spelling.

Rain Trueax said...

That's funny, Julie, because as is usual with reading online, I never even noticed your spelling being different ;)

MandT said...

"The real question in life is-- what makes for a win?" Win or lose and the combination of both,---- what makes it true is the experience of loving and being loved.

Rain Trueax said...

I think love is the ultimate answer, MandT. Love for one other special person, for family, friends, animals or even mankind. If more understood that, we'd not get something like this horror that the Republicans just tried again to foist onto Americans to force the dream kids, who were brought here as children, to be deported to a country they may not even speak the language, where they have never lived, or have to fear it constantly. how can anyone consider that kind of act can be a win??? And yet, we know some do :(