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Old 11-03-2007, 03:47 AM
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Creating purpose and intensity in life

I visited a cemetery once and remember this sentiment “She Lived Life with Intensity” engraved on a head stone. It has an appeal to most citizens but I suspect there would be many different interpretations for its meaning.

What does it mean to ‘live life with intensity’? I suspect most would judge that money is the key to such a life. I think that money is the key to comfort, which is not a key that would fit the lock on a ‘life lived with intensity’. I suspect that wealth is often the death of ‘life lived with intensity’.

I will have to recognize at least one exception to this and that is George Soros. George Soros is both rags to riches--fantastic riches in a domain of finance that he alone began--and an individual with a highly developed intellectual life. I read a book about him and also one by him and I find him a model of one who has lived life with intensity.

I think that developing an intellectual life through a self-actualizing self-learning process is the means to a ‘life lived with intensity’. I am convinced that Soros philosopher/tycoon followed that process.

What does this cryptic message “She Lived Life with Intensity” mean to you?

A dilettante just dabbles at this and that never doing anything with intensity. Intensity is living life with some degree of disinterested passion. Disinterested passion is gusto with small regard to self aggrandizement. A person who has developed their own intellectual sophistication lives a life of passion and depth that few others can even recognize. Carl Sagan said “Understanding is a kind of ecstasy.” Carl knew what living with intensity is all about. It is about billions and billions while others live with thousands and thousands.

This quotation of Carl Rogers might illuminate my meaning of disinterested knowledge.

“I want to talk about learning. But not the lifeless, sterile, futile, quickly forgotten stuff that is crammed in to the mind of the poor helpless individual tied into his seat by ironclad bonds of conformity! I am talking about LEARNING - the insatiable curiosity that drives the adolescent boy to absorb everything he can see or hear or read about gasoline engines in order to improve the efficiency and speed of his 'cruiser'. I am talking about the student who says, "I am discovering, drawing in from the outside, and making that which is drawn in a real part of me." I am talking about any learning in which the experience of the learner progresses along this line: "No, no, that's not what I want"; "Wait! This is closer to what I am interested in, what I need"; "Ah, here it is! Now I'm grasping and comprehending what I need and what I want to know!"
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Old 11-03-2007, 01:52 PM
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"Intensity" I had to look this word up before I could properly comment. It is "the state or quality of being intense: extreme or very high degree." Or it is "the degree or amount of strength, force, energy, radiation, or the like." Based on this definition I don't think "living life with intensity" has anything to do with wealth, acquisition of money or intellect. Intensity speaks to the way u handle or deal with the state of your life. I think I have a pretty intense life. I mean I have to deal with some heavy stuff that require both strength and energy, so I have to be intense, but the source of my strength and energy does not come from finances or intellect. I am lacking both. God is the strength of my life. There is no other way I could deal with "purpose and intensity in life".
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Old 11-06-2007, 06:14 AM
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Actually my post was an attempt to focus the mind of the readers upon what all of us can provide the world with as we get older. My solution is that if we prepare our self well we can offer the world minds that are prepared to assist our society into a restructuring based upon a good solid moral philosophy. We have a great technology but we have a lousy moral code as is evident by the fact that we are constantly killing one another and destroying all that we build.

Our great problem is to develop a moral philosophy that will make it possible to save the species from self destruction and such an effort requires a more intellectually sophisticated population than we now have.
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Old 11-06-2007, 07:39 AM
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Intellectually sophisticated?? That may just be the problem with the world today.."She lived life with intensity" would be appropriate for my tombstone as well as millions of other women and men too...I will only submit my own case..I lived life intensly under my fathers instruction and correction. I lived life intensely learning the value of family and unconditional love and acceptance of people different from me. I lived life intensely going to school and learning basic skills that would allow me to understand the world I live, and getting along with others skills. I also learned that each one of us have different levels of intelligence and goals in life..That did not make me a second class citizen, it taught me that it takes all kinds of people to make the world go around.. I lived life intensely seeking God and his purpose for me in this life..I live life intensely every day following the wisdom I have learned from people with vast amounts of love and understanding of human nature that can only be learned from experience..My point is that it takes all levels of people and their gifts and focus to run society..IMO an "Intellectually sophisticated society" would be one that required everyone to establish a certain IQ or they would be worthless and that would be very, very dangerous..Once we start judging a society or individuals by their intelligence, as I am afraid has already been going on for years we lose sight of basic instincts that allowed us to form societies in the first place...
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