All you touch and all you see, is all your life will ever be
You can only know what you can perceive with your senses. #empiricism
This quote from 'Breathe (in the air)' has become my philosophy. I interpret it as meaning that life is short - you never know when it will end but when it does, the only things that you will live on through are those which you have created. The things you do today and tomorrow will determine the rest of your life, so take the opportunity to do something great - in the smallest or grandest of ways.
As human beings, we are constantly bombarded with stimuli from our environment. From the sights and sounds that we experience on a daily basis to the tangible objects that we touch and interact with, the world around us shapes our perception of reality.
But what if, as the saying goes, "all you see and all you touch is all your life will ever be"? How would this impact our understanding of the world and our place in it?
One way to approach this question is through the philosophical lens of existentialism. Existentialists believe that individuals are solely responsible for creating meaning in their own lives, as there is no inherent meaning in the universe. In this sense, the things we see and touch can become the source of meaning in our lives.
For example, let's say that someone is deeply passionate about art. They spend their days visiting museums, studying the works of their favorite artists, and creating their own pieces. In this case, the art that they see and touch becomes a central part of their identity and gives their life meaning and purpose.
On the other hand, if someone is surrounded by bleak, uninspiring surroundings and lacks any meaningful connections or experiences, they may struggle to find purpose in life. In this sense, the things we see and touch can also serve as a source of despair and disillusionment.
So what can we take away from the idea that "all you see and all you touch is all your life will ever be"? Ultimately, it suggests that the way we perceive and engage with the world around us has a profound impact on the quality of our lives. Whether we find meaning and fulfillment in the things we see and touch, or whether we feel disconnected and unfulfilled, is largely up to us.
By being mindful of the things we allow into our lives and actively seeking out experiences and connections that bring us joy and purpose, we can create a life that is rich and fulfilling. As the philosopher Aristotle once said, "Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work." When we find pleasure and meaning in the things we see and touch, we can bring that same sense of joy and fulfillment to all aspects of our lives.
Whatever your passion is, don't let it slip by you because of what other people say - you only get one chance to live so grab life by the throat and choke everything you can out of it; otherwise what's the point?