Tuesday, December 06, 2005

The Price of Everything

When one lives as long as one should, one tends to learn many valuable lessons in life.

For unlike the horse or the bee, where within the first hour, a foal can already stand and the bee can already fly once it chews its way out of the cell. But a human does not. It is incapable of conveying coherent thought to the rest except through babble. And it is not equipped with the instincts for survival at all. It has to learn its lessons the hard way. Slow and steady. Taking twelve to fourteen years to reach maturity.

And one very valuable lesson that many knows not is the law of exchange. Everything on this terra firma has a price, my dear one. You of all should know that. Yes, everything has a price that must be paid for.

You upset the balance you pay. Some call it karma. Some call it retribution. It's called by a lot of names, all a subset of the whole. Retribution only points to negative events. Karma? Not enough either. It's just simply another version of the Eight Words of the Wiccan Rede: "An Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Will". Or the Three-fold Law of Wicca: " Mind the Three-fold Laws you should three times bad and three times good/When misfortune is enow wear the star upon your bro"

But none covers it as well as Hemingway's protagonist in The Sun Also Rises. For he says that in this world, there's a price for everything. Even for happiness. I bet you didn't get that, did you? Your happiness, your well-being, everything that you are enjoying, will be accounted for sooner or later.

That's what one calls balance.

8 Comments:

At 10:06 pm, Blogger Ambres said...

I disagree with the thought "everything has a price that must be paid for". Then it looks as if there are bigger "forces" at work. Like the seven years of happiness and despair in the bible. Believe in your strength! i wont sacrifise myself to those unknown unprofitable things. Happiness has not a price (maby only when you live at costs of someone, something like we exhaust the world) or like its opposite-despair has a reward. Its -often- only a matter "how you look" and your attitude towards it and there is so much you can controle. Its a matter of finding and feeling and believing in your strength. The rest what you cant controle is coincidence! And sadly some have only suffering in their life and if you dont believe in an afterlife…

Lol hope my english doesnt sound too terrible.

Greetz Ambres

*dutch couriage is ancient my mind is always clear }8-[] woeha!

 
At 4:11 pm, Blogger Aristocrat said...

Hello Ambres. Thanks for dropping by. You have an interesting thought there. Perhaps that is from the larger point of view? Let me try to address your concern.

Maybe to you, happiness doesn't seem to have a price. But look at it this way: In a relationship, what does happiness means? It means being with someone, making that person happy. And what does this entail? It entails you making that person happy by perhaps some acts that you have to do, or some sacrifices. To be with that person, you need to give up something else too, so aren't those prices so as to speak?

From a personal point of view, if you are happy by buying gadgets or whatsoever that you choose to indulge yourself in, don't you need to pay a price for it as well? Arbitrary prices and also, sacrifices of your time as well.

So that's why I conclude that there is a price for everything. :)

And no, your English doesn't sound terrible Ambres.

 
At 1:52 am, Blogger shyloh said...

A time and season for all things.
I firmly agree with cause and effect.
Karma if you will.

 
At 6:26 pm, Blogger Elvina aka LaoNiang said...

Hey I really like your new blog skin! So much neater and makes it so much easier to read your entries. Well done.

I sincerely feel that you are an amazing writer. You sometimes astound me with your poetic style. Not forgetting your mind-blowing vocabulary bank. You have my utmost respect and admiration. Keep writing. :)

 
At 12:37 pm, Blogger shyloh said...

Just stopping by very nice writings. I have enjoyed this article.

 
At 11:09 am, Blogger Aristocrat said...

Hi there shyloh. Nice to have you here :)

 
At 11:28 am, Blogger shyloh said...

Thank you and I will visit again.

 
At 12:33 pm, Blogger Aristocrat said...

Ahh elvina. Sorry I missed your comments. Even in the morning, my eyes are starting to play tricks on me. Hmm, I do miss the angel that I had but yeah, this one is much neater I suppose. And thanks for your compliments. You think too highly off me LAH...lol..

 

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