A person’s life is successful when one’s life-goal survives death to serve in the next world. Many who lived only for this life left even it prematurely.
George Eastman founded the Eastman Kodak Company. He became a famous multi-millionaire. He shot himself in the heart at age 78 after leaving a note, “My work is done. Why wait?” He did have a spinal ailment that threatened to leave him a cripple. But many people with physical disabilities still find life rewarding and useful.
Dostoevsky’s story White Nights has the male speaking to Nastenka about the wastefulness of his life: the years gone; the dreams vanished; the best moments buried; everything stupid, a cipher, a fancy, round zero. Gateway 3, 295. In the Seeley Stables at Old Town, I saw an advertisement by a stage line company. It offered a trip from San Diego to San Antonio: a road that “ran from no place through nothing to nowhere.”
Both stories relate to many people, never more than right now, when society has lost touch with God. Humphrey Bogart thought it years ago. He used a vulgarity to express it, which we won’t. But he called life an illusion—proving only that he spent too much time in front of a camera creating illusion.
A young, professional couple in San Diego agreed with Bogart. Both had successful careers in the medical field. Their combined income reached $200,000 a year. Yet, he checked into a motel, went to his room and took an overdose of barbiturates he prescribed for himself. His wife later sat in her car in a medical facility parking lot and swallowed the same fatal dose. He was 33, she 32.
How sad. They easily lived without God, but didn’t think they could live without each other. A perfect example of a life’s goal, not life’s purpose. – End Part II –
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Apologetics book: Their Own Best Defense, Volume 2, Part 1
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Gift of the GIVER:Gifts for the GIVER, Vol. 2 at www.createspace.com/7551153
Their Own Best Defense, Vol. 2, Part 2 at www.createspace.com/7446349