Beneficial Burden

A life free from expectations? From obligations? Social norms? At risk of being a hedonistic debauchee, but I’d be a hedonistic debauchee. Maybe not exactly, but one things for sure, I wouldn’t be a very productive member of society.

Honestly, I would probably sit around all day play video games. I’d watch tv shows, and if I was feeling productive, I’d play basketball. I’d lay down in the afternoon sun, basking the haphazard beauty. I would pursue everything that brings pleasure at the cost of minimal effort. I’d basically waste my life away.

Initially, this life would be quite entertaining. I’d wake up and bounce from one activity to another, without a care in the world. No worries, no responsibilities, just fun. Assuming that I could maintain this lifestyle without any consequences, maybe I could keep it up for two to three weeks. Any longer than that, my life would cease to have meaning. All the things that give life any value would be devoid from my life.

Thankfully, there are systems set up to prevent this from happening. Society expectations, my parent’s expectations, and my obligations to myself. It comes down to fear. Fear of failure, fear of disappointing others, fear of a darker future. Fear can quite harmful, but it does hold the world in place. Without fear, I’d choose to enjoy my life in the only way I know how. As a result, would do nothing remotely productive. I’d be the 30 year old who lives in their parent’s basement.

Clearly, this isn’t a life that I want for myself. I want to graduate high school, go to college, get a job, start a family. None of this would happen if wasn’t motivated by fear. In the few instances that I have overcome this pressure, it hasn’t ended well. It would be in my best interest to submit to this obstacle. The beneficial burden.

Too much freedom can lead to the soul’s decay.



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4 Responses to Beneficial Burden

  1. mesfiney says:

    Dear Enoch
    I agree that living like that can make you feel a bit empty, but if you had the freedom to do whatever you wanted, I don’t think you would spend all of your time just relaxing, but you would also pursue your dreams, fulfilling yourself in the process.
    Your diction is on point throughout the post. I also really like all that bright imagery in the beginning. Great post.

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  2. janettediane says:

    You did a really good job of engaging with your audience in this post. By opening up your writing with questions and keeping your tone light and conversational, you managed to pull the reader’s attention into what you were saying. You did a good job of exploring the question on the basis of life without regulations and rules, but I feel like you could have gone a bit further and talked about life without restrictions. Maybe you could have talked about what you would do with your life if there was nothing stopping you from attaining your dreams? Overall though, you did a really good job in all areas. 🙂

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  3. I love the title and how you drew that into your conclusion. And I think your insights — while sobering — are also relate-able and challenging. I hate the idea of being motivated by fear, but, truth be told, aren’t I? You provided definite food for thought. And I think your structure is quite effective.

    Just watch the proofreading.

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  4. Such an engaging and insightful post Enoch. You use some very highly developed language. I actually had to look up what hedonistic debauchee means. You also had some very good thoughts. Probably more people in society need to realise these things, and get out of their parents basements. One small thing that could be improved is the statement “there are systems set up to prevent this from happening.” You then talk about fear, which is one “system,” but backing up this point more would make it stronger, especially because you mention “systems.” But that’s really just me being nit picky because I couldn’t find anything else to improve. Great job!

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