The WHY Caf  

IamWetFire 53F
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8/21/2006 12:26 am

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9/20/2006 2:52 pm

The WHY Caf

Good Monday morning, Faithful Readers and Dear Friends!
I just finished reading a very small, but very powerful book; John P. Strelecky's The WHY Café.

At first it seems little more than a magazine feature article--written enough of those in my time--but as you read along and let the words sink in. . .REALLY sink in, it just may change the way you think.

I'm not talking about a religious epiphany. It's not about religion. . .unless you consider it the religion of the self. And the only light you're likely to see will be from the bulb going on over your head.

So, whether you've read this ingenious little volume or not, I'd like to pose the three questions to you. Remember, we're not talking specifics like why are you on or AdultFriendFinder. This is a universal concept. Why are you living on this planet at this time. See what I'm saying?

The concept behind the book--just a short story about a strange encounter at a Café in the middle of nowhere--is what do you live for? What is your PFE, your Purpose For Existence? Do you plod along at a job you hate, buying more stuff to fill the empty corners of your life, only to run up more bills, thus keeping yourself on that unhappiness-hate-my-job treadmill. Find what gives you ecstasy in existence and do it. That's the message.

For example, for me that would be writing. Words are my world. Writing them, reading them, editing them, saying them, singing them. There is no drug, no moment of passion, no morsel of ambrosia that can match the feeling I have in my core when I write. My writing is my immortal beloved. It comes before everything else; food, sleep, love, reason.

When you find the thing in your life that does this for you, you've identified your PFE! And no, it's not simple. It's not meant to be. Nothing worth having comes without a price or without challenge.

So. . .let's address the three questions together. Don't be shy and don't be afraid if the questions trouble you or make you feel strange. That, surprisingly enough, is a good thing and the entire point!

Why are you here?

Do you fear death?

Are you fulfilled?

If you're comfortable with it, please do share your answers with us all!

Priapeo 47M

8/21/2006 1:49 pm

I've embraced that theory all by myself about 10 years ago, I don't know if I might be called a forerunner. It was a question of survival, for I already knew that work was not going to be my excuse for being, and that takes 1/3 of our life. I quickly considered that not even sleep was going to be a valid PFE and... puff! that's another 1/3 of our life. Food? Nah... other 2 hours a day. Travelling to go to work? Serious! (more 2 hours a day). Dismissed all bathroom operations (like brushing teeth, showers, physiological functions), shopping, chatting with the old neighbour, blah blah blah, and realized I was left with a scant 2 hours a day to stick my PFE in.

So, among all the few noble things my soul is apt to appreciate I chose music. A natural choice, because I breathe music... I eat it, I make love to it, I let it caress me or scourge me according to the feeling I need at the moment, I play and fly with it. Unfortunately for my lady I don't snore it, but just irritating grunting and whizzing noises instead.

One can't be perfect.

As for the questions I'm here by pure chance, I reserve the right to fear death in my last few years of living (that's when I will promptly convert to some monoteistic religion) and I will never be fulfilled. But that is the direction.

Thanks for the nice time

Never argue with an idiot. He brings you down to his level then beats you with experience

IamWetFire 53F

8/21/2006 2:20 pm

Oh, Priapeo, this is a beautiful post! Thank you so much for sharing it. And, as a fellow artistic type, I know what you mean about your music.

And who knows. . .perhaps if you make love to your music passionately enough, one day you will even snore it!

IamWetFire 53F

8/27/2006 2:42 am

Okay, I'll accept the challenge since no one else has joined in. . .

Why are you here?
I've known since I was 4-5 years old that I was created to be a writer and artist. Never had a single doubt in my mind that that is why God put me upon this earth.

Do you fear death?
No. But I do fear suffering and being made afraid for those I love.

Are you fulfilled?
Not yet. I'll know when it happens though. Even though I wake up each day with a smile on my face and feeling blessed by all my personal gifts, my friends, my darling cats, a God who gave his life for my sins, and all the rest. . .there's more out there waiting to be tasted and held closely.

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