Your Life, Not Yours

Dr. Ricardo B. de los Santos, PhD

There is an adage worth delivering and it goes something like this: If one lives a life in consideration with what others think, then his life is not his

Quite true. And if one treasures freedom so much having such a life is abhorrent, disgusting and worthless. It even finds compliment and complement in existentialist philosophy. What would life’s meaning be if you cannot live your life the way you want it? Hence, life can only be yours if you own it. Therefore, take possession of your life and be the master of it.

No debate. No engagement. There is no need for arguments. Then have your own life.

But wait. There’s more to life than just possessing it.
Jesus Christ have shown the way how to do this.
Jesus Christ have spoken the Truth about this.
Jesus Christ is the Light, that shone on this.
And finally, Jesus Christ was the Life that lived like this.

In fact, He is the Resurrection.

Thus, when we learn that we own our life that can be given just because He redeemed it for us. Wouldn’t it be truly rewarding if we can also do what He has done for us – to offer the life we now own because of His redemption, for Him because He has done the same for us?

Every day in every mass, Jesus Christ wants us to remember his perpetual sacrifice and His legacy of our communion with the saints of His holy church. So why should one live not considering what others think when he is homosapiens, created in the image of God? I think it is necessary that one should consider this very well if others would include the Person of Jesus.

Jean Paul Sarte, the existentialist literati, would want to be responsible for others. In fact, his refusal to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in literature proves among other things that he does not care what others think. This is why for him Hell is other people.

Viktor Frankl, drawing his remaining strength and inspiration from the tragedy of living in a concentration camp, tried to find meaning in life, an existentialist viewpoint which may be considered classic and sagacious.

And Carl Jung emphasized with human nostalgia over failure in life in the dark of the soul forgetting that some would prefer continuous dark nights of their souls.

But whether one negates or posits a possible meaning of life in an “absurd world”, life will remain meaningless if one simply owns or possesses it. Why so?

Because a demon’s existence is a tragic presence. A demon must possess a person because it hungers for life. That devil must tempt and seduce to possess souls in its tragedy of possessing lives but not experiencing how it is to live.

Yet, a human being blessed as he is, could experience life per se. He is capable of owning his life because of Christ’s redemption and to be given faith, hope and charity which he alone could not merit for himself. One cannot give what he does not have. But only a person endowed with the faith to live and die for God can hope for the resurrection and prove himself worthy of giving love. Without these three theological virtues given by God, a person can only possess life temporarily for his only consideration is that his life is his.

Which is not the case for he who holds on to life will perish, but he who gives up his life for God will live forever.

And to think that I’m just tinkering on how one shouldn’t care what others think since he owns his life and how another cares about what others may think because he is responsible for his brothers. And it bothers me to think that one who simply owns his life and doesn’t care for others couldn’t possibly belong to the communion of saints or the forgiveness of sins, since he is not responsible; and therefore unworthy of the resurrection and life everlasting.

Listen, your life is not yours, unless you want it just for yourself.

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