Saturday, February 03, 2007

Wordsmith Sermonizes the Meaning of Life in 4 Lines

Look! Nature is overflowing with the grandeur of God!
- John Muir
Mark wrote the following:
Repeatedly propel, through means of external manual propulsion mechanisms, your transport, designed and manufactured specifically to convey humanoid bipeds with maximum buoyancy and expediency, effortlessly along the current of the naturally occurring flowing transparent solution. Ecstatically multiplied fourfold, Human Existence is merely a surrealistic hallucination.
He offers a challenge for readers to guess what popular nursery rhyme he reworked.

Don't know what it is? Highlight here:
Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream,
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream.

That's it. And from those simple lines, all of life's beauty, meaning, mysteries, and secrets unveil themselves. Life's complexities summed up in harmonious simplicity.

This children's song is actually a favorite nursery rhyme of mine to explicate. You see, the boat represents your life....your mortal body as you travel down the stream of life; 3 rows to signify the 3 stages of life: infancy, adulthood, and old age. "Gently", because you have to take it easy on yourself and enjoy the scenery- or risk having life pass you by; 4 "merrily's" to compliment the 3 "rows", because after old age, after you "die", there is still more to be joyful about, beyond death; and "merrily" because a sense of humor is essential in life. "Life is but a dream", because life is an illusion; when you die, you wake up; when you get to the end of your journey, it's not over yet. The afterlife offers more adventures; when you dock your "boat", there are heavenly landscapes and Elysian fields waiting to be explored....

See? All of life's secrets and mysteries summed up in just a few lines from a nursery rhyme you learned as a small child.

Zen is like looking for the spectacles that are sitting on your nose

The real voyage of discovery consists of not in seeking
new landscapes but in having new eyes.
- Marcel Proust

This is perhaps the most important post I will have ever made on my blog. Reflect upon it, and have a glorious Sunday.

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Blogger J_G said...

That's it then, I can stop looking for the meaning of life. Phew, I thought I was going to have to sit through another one of those Monty Python movies and try to understand what the heck they were saying. Thanks Word you're OK ;-)

Sunday, February 04, 2007 12:36:00 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

I don't know why, but I can't get the link to work, so I have no earthly idea what the nursery rhyme is. I'll try again later.

Sunday, February 04, 2007 11:37:00 AM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Uh....Gayle: What link? There's a period that's linkable if you squint real hard.

And did you try highlighting the blank spaces? There is text there. You have to use your superduperdecoder cursor.

Sunday, February 04, 2007 11:58:00 AM  
Blogger Mike's America said...

My reply follows in similar code:

Don't you agree???

Sunday, February 04, 2007 4:57:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...


Sunday, February 04, 2007 5:01:00 PM  
Blogger Gayle said...

Oh. Duh! I'll give it a shot!

Sunday, February 04, 2007 5:08:00 PM  
Blogger Gayle said...

Well, Wordsmith, I'm glad I came back. That may very well be the most important post you ever wrote. It certainly does give one something to think about. It's simplicity itself, and yet most of us miss it.

Sunday, February 04, 2007 5:14:00 PM  
Blogger Mike's America said...

Well, it's like I have always said:

C'est ne pas?

Sunday, February 04, 2007 6:26:00 PM  
Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

ah...just what the doctor ordered Word..thanks!

Sunday, February 04, 2007 9:07:00 PM  
Blogger MDConservative said...

Good post Wordsmith. I like it alot.

And Mike, must you use French?

Sunday, February 04, 2007 10:39:00 PM  
Blogger Curt said...

Great post Word. I discovered, long ago, the TRUE meaning of life. Since all of you are most deserving I will lay it all out there for you. Ready? Ok here goes:

Simple huh?

Sunday, February 04, 2007 11:50:00 PM  
Blogger Old Soldier said...

If you truly want to know the meaning of life, read the book that begins with these three words: "In the beginning..."

Monday, February 05, 2007 5:48:00 AM  
Blogger Mike's America said...

Yes Curt, but you left out

Monday, February 05, 2007 11:10:00 PM  

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