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Perfect Calm

So what is this perfect life you seek? You have experienced the worst of this world; attempts 
at murder, rapes, suicides, aids, abuse, addictions. You have seen the numerous images 
float across the screen and screamed inside at the pain being caused as a reflection of 
yours. But this isn’t a perfect world; there is no such thing. Even we were getting closer to 
perfection our definition would only change. Because of this you seek remedies that aren’t 
there. You can’t change everything; you can only do your bit to make things better. Instead 
of constantly doing nothing because you think you have do everything. Just do your bit and 
be happy that you have done that.

You feel like you should be able to do everything to help them; good at sports, high IQ, a 
compassionate, caring human being. But you lack the confidence, the belief that you are 
able. And time drifts by. The dreams are the same as those from the last century but nothing 
has been achieved; confidence has been built, you have achieved the successes of 
conventional society but you still feel empty. Your wish to make a mark on the world, to 
have helped make it a better place, still lay forlorn. And trapped by the false successes of 
the past, your chance to help others is being closed.

The dream would be to your own boss. Give the profits away, help as many of the million 
needy children as possible. Pull them away from the nastiness that persists and break the 
chain of abuse, hunger, pain. Pull them away and show them the goodness that exists in this 
world. Show them how to achieve the meaning of life; happiness. Show them that nothing 
much matters apart from meaningful love and affection from family and friends. That a one 
true love should be obtained by all. 

Then at night you could return contented, could return to the house by the sea and be 
surrounded by laughter, happiness. Surrounded by love. Surrounded by serenity. 
Surrounded by calm.

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  1. Date: 8/8/2009 6:06:00 PM

    If only in a perfect world... You expressiveness and sincerity shines through. Nicely written.