Journal Entry #512
July 25th, 2011
During a conversation on Face Book I had today about guessing a quote form a movie which I got right. It was from “Idiocracy” one of my favourite movies this conversation followed which in turn inspired this post as I got thinking about the analogy I presented.
Person………….Ok Gary, you’re part of the in-crowd.
Gary David Currie………….. Oh no that means I have to change again as I am always swimming against the stream.
Person………….No you don’t, cause I swim against the stream most of the time too.
Gary David Currie……….. Excellent I guess we are just on different parts of the river.
Person…. Great analogy.
Gary David Currie….. Thanks I do try..
So if we go with this analogy that “we are all swimming in the same river” where will it take us?
So I would say that we all start off in the ocean of life and we are trying to get to the source which is of course upstream. Now sometimes the river runs slow and smooth and other times it is rough and fast. When it is easy to swim we are all there and it will be crowded. When it gets tough the crowd thins out. At this point many will take to the safety of the banks in the comfort of others. There they will usually stay having made their decisions never seeking what is upriver as the journey will be long and full of danger.
Few will continue to brave on seeking the source to find out where it all began not believing they know but earnestly wanting to find the truth. Along the way they will be tired, hungry and some will fall to the safety of the riverbank forming smaller communities giving up on the true source of the river.
There will always be those along the riverbank telling them to come to the safety of the banks along the way but as the many have become the few the few will become even fewer. They will seek comfort in those who are still left but also in the fact that they know they have not given up and that the river must end at some point. What waits after this is part of the mystery.
The hardest part about swimming upstream is that you are constantly going against the flow but one also realizes that this is the only way to get to the source. If you stop for just one moment and rest or try to coast the river will bring you back towards the ocean where all the rest have settled. Sure giving up will seem easier but then if you ever want to find out the truth you will have to regain all the ground you have lost from going downstream.
Is this the perfect analogy for the quests we seek in life, probably not but I think it is right up there as a good one.
Personally I have always had a hard time just coasting downstream because being so far from the source of truth one can never really experience what truth truly is. Imagine if everyone was trying to swim upstream and we all helped each other. It would be much easier for us all.
Life is the river and where you want to settle on the banks will determine how close you get to the truth to the source of life.
Seek the truth always