Be a human being not a human doing

“To be or not to be: that is the question.” Hamlet’s words are spoken so simple, yet have incredible depth. To question whether we should exist or not sounds harsh. What is even more peculiar, when I recited this verse I formed a question of my own, do we even exist at all? The world has become a populous of zombies in suits going from point A to point B, sitting in an hour of traffic each way, to collect a menial paycheck, to barely get by.

We all live similar lives, we have jobs, kids, pets, friends, family. Lots of stuff to do everyday. Appointments, deadlines, bedtimes, schedules etc. While we call this our “life”, are we really living? Sure we have a lot of of things to DO but thats just it, these are just things. We DO our jobs, we DO our laundry, we DO our taxes, we DO long commutes, we DO small talk, we DO a lot of things we don’t want to, but know that we have to  in order to survive. Whether it’s pay check to pay check, day by day, we are just a bunch of human doings.  In what way in your daily life are you just BEING? Are you able to sit still and listen to the silence? Can you stay off of Facebook, Twitter, email, for more than 5 minutes? As Prince Ea put it in his video, “We aren’t human beings, we are human doings.

We don’t connect with others around us, we only care about ourselves. Having anything other than a simple small talk conversation with a stranger scares the hell out of us. And if it doesn’t scare you, it at least makes you very uncomfortable. Even right now, at the thought of talking to a stranger, is making you cringe inside a little. Right?

Take a step back and look at the world around you. It’s a complete mess, yes. But you don’t have to participate in the madness that is unfolding. Stop being a human DOING and be a human BEING. WE are here to BE. To be together, to share our life experiences, to love one another, to help one another, to exist as a community…not as a lonely and detached self.

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