Sunday 22 June 2008
On the outside looking in....
Do you know the Plato fable about men in the cave who could only see the shadows from the fire outside on their cave walls. They insisted that that the whole world was in their cave and even when someone took them by the hand and led themselves outside to see the fire and the fresh air and the sky, they refused to believe it and went back inside.
Sometimes I feel like that.
Like I am in a cave and there is a world out there but I can only see the shadows at the moment.
I'm not even sure why. I think it's because I am trying to look at other people's lives and work out what does constitute a correctly led, happy life. Is it the 9-5? Is it the family and kids? Is it family values and community? Or adventure and exploration, pilgrimage and journeys to the unknown?
I think I want a bit of it all. And that's pretty hard to achieve. In the meantime, I keep inspecting other people and what they do in the hope I will be inspired or find the answers to what I want.
It's a bit like window dressing. Just that I still don't know if it's the camping shop and hiking boots or Prada that does it for me.
Does Prada make wellies?