How simple we are
And we never change our ways
So very shallow
I just finished The Giver. It's given me a new perspective on life... On living.
Everyone wanted to be safe, so they shut themselves away in a carefully controlled "community." They wanted to shut out the pains of life, and in doing so, stopped really living. Throughout the whole book I wondered what life would be like if that's what we had done. But... Isn't it? Our lives are carefully controlled throughout most of our existence. Sure, we have some freedoms here and there, but most of our lives we're controlled by various things. Our parents, our friends, society... We do what people expect us to do. We do what is easiest. Just like they did in the book, we've muted the colors of our world. Perhaps not the physical colors, but most certainly everything else. How many of us can say we have truly lived. I would guess very few. How many of us have done what we wanted instead of what is expected of us. Again, very few. Isn't it a bit sad?
It's interesting to me how people go about their lives. I was people-watching today, and it was pretty fascinating. Why do those people do the things they do? Parents, friends, society... We take the easiest path, and in doing so, we mute the colors of our world.