Reality is a sequence of events for which important figures have helped shape the future. What if major world changers were snuffed out before their big act? How many Alexander the Great’s didn’t get their chance on the stage and how many stages made an Alexander the Great when one was called for?
Consider a play. Romeo is a character in the play, so he’s always on stage. The person playing Romeo changes all the time. It doesn’t change the impact or idea of the tragedy. It’s just that who is playing Romeo doesn’t matter. All that was needed for Romeo to exist was the play. After that many men would do to fill the roll.
Consider our heroes, our founding fathers, and our Trumans. Our heroes are the ones who got us through troubled times. So any troubled time we’ve gotten beyond has it’s heroes right. A hero is defined in context to a circumstance. Without a circumstance, certain heroes simply won’t exist and certainly won’t be cast as heroes.
But what about all the roles that aren’t heroes. Or to put it differently, when we’re looking at the circumstances that make one person a hero, everyone else falls by the wayside as an extra or a non-entity at best. Well those are roles that often matter if you care about cars running, health care, and national defense. And yet, those are roles that from the vantage point of being a non-entity, we could easily imagine that if it wasn’t one soldier giving the ultimate sacrifice or one nurse injecting the needle, it would have been another. It doesn’t lower the cost… not at all; it’s just that the circumstance made the role and not the other way around.
From this proposition, if I don’t fill a role the circumstance demands, then someone else will. The circumstance makes the hero provided the conflict of the circumstance is resolved. If we all end up dead, in my thinking, it won’t matter to any of us and this becomes moot.
It may sound like nothing matters and that it’s all a big cosmic joke with us playing entities and non-entities that are a part of it all. And you’d be exactly right. We die anyway. Nothing looks as rosy from old age except the fact that old age gives us rose colored glasses . And that’s what I’m saying.
Do something with your life not because you know it will help the future. Do it because it defines your character in the present act in the one point of reality where you can be involved. The alternative is boredom. And ultimately it won’t matter anyway but while you have the presence to care about it, you will.