The “D” Agenda

Elizabeth Taylor 1932 - 2011

If we ever bothered to stop and reflect upon life for a moment, we probably would agree that there are far more important things in the world than having: an artifact of a house; fame; a swanky car (or a fleet of them); an in-season wardrobe; absolute power; and a bottom-less pit of money. Elizabeth Taylor, Muammar Gaddafi, Steve Jobs, Amy Winehouse, John Paul Getty III and Peter Falk, who all  passed away during 2011, had some of these trappings of success. But death knows no status.

Some of us think that the mark of success is material wealth. How many cars do you have? How many homes do you have? What kind of social circles do you move in? What private schools do your children attend? Do children of other high net worth individuals attend this school?  It really is an endless list.

Oftentimes, we fall helplessly in love – sometimes to the point of obsession – with the public persona of celebrities we know very little about. For instance, despite his laudable musical accomplishments and his global public fascination, Michael Jackson, like the rest of us, had his own personal problems.  As he couldn’t sleep naturally,  he was happy to pay a doctor $150,000 a month to help him achieve something that really should be natural and free.

Muammar Gaddafi 1942 - 2011

Some of us relish power. For whatever reason, we think we are the best person to eradicate the ills of the society we live in. But history has proved that in some instances, no sooner than ordinary power is attained, the pursuit of tyrannical power sometimes becomes an obsession.

Times change and so do sentiments. Even our own individual experiences would have taught us that nothing in life is permanent. It’s no state secret that the late Muammar Gaddafi wasn’t always the enemy of the West or disliked by his people. However, when he eventually lost his 42-year tight grip on Libya, even his material trappings couldn’t avert his sad and gruesome end.

Most of us have an inherent  dislike of death. But while this post isn’t meant to be an ode to death, or a dream-killer, it is a reminder that money, fame and other trappings of success aren’t everything.  There are more important things in life and thankfully they are free: good health, happiness, family, cuddles, trust, friends, children, relationships, God, air, water, sleep, fond memories and unconditional love, to name but a few.

May the souls of those mentioned in this post rest blissfully. Long life and good health to the rest of us.


12 responses to “The “D” Agenda

  1. Question for you? So if this life trappings don’t make us happy what would make us happy or contended and what would the signs be?

    • Greetings Eagle Eyes, thanks for posting your comment.
      Yours is a difficult question to answer as there really isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer. While material trappings would definitely make some of us happy, it may not be the case for everybody. Let’s look at it from this angle, some people win the lottery and yet continue in their minimum wage job while others will quit and start living the high life. I think it’s horses for courses 🙂

  2. Twinkle, it is very clear that life trapping doesn’t make anyone happy otherwise, one would not seek more of the same and no amount of wealth and fame isn’t ever enough. A quick analog, when hungery, we eat and at point we are full and won’t take anymore regardless if one likes the food or not. Which indicates that a satiety point is reached hence the brain send a message to stop eating. Coming back to life trappings, using the same analogy of food, one can deduce that life trapping doesn’t provide that contentment and happiness we think one can get from accumulating life trapping. So there must be other something else that provides this satisfaction our soul seeks which, in my opinion is not life trapping and was a partly proved in your article “the D Agenda” though not the main theme. Hence my question what would make humans happy and what are the signs !

    • Hi Eagle Eyes, let’s turn the tables around then. What do you think would make human beings happy and what are the signs? 🙂

      • Very Clever Twinkle, however, i won’t shy away from making my views knowns. For starters, let’s define what we are talking about and this is human contention and the signs. It is street news that life trappings doesn’t nourish the soul because it doesn’t seem to be enough and you proved that much in your erodite article. Another angle that we human beings have rebel away from is religion – yes – alot of arms in the air but let’s stop for a minute and put on our rational hats on and place any religion we might know or practice through the contention test and examine the result that is how we could really determine if religion is useful for us humans or another con that should be nail to history. It is my submission that religion does give the soul that satiety it is looking for. The big question is which one? This question i would leave open since there are many religions around but i would share my findings with your readers that i have found contention in my religion. I won’t mention my religion because i want readers to examine their religion or none and make that first step themselves. Thanks Eagle Eyes.

  3. Thanks for sharing your opinion Eagle Eyes. As they say, we live and learn 🙂

  4. I respect your piece of work, regards for all the useful articles .

  5. This is a superbly written post. I wholeheartedly agree with your statement that “death knows no status”. As I work in the finance industry, a lot of the people I interact with can be harmfully obsessed with wealth. Your post helps bring a more humble approach to a more materialistic world.

  6. Hallo Ashley, thank you for your kind words. Like you I work in the Accounting and Finance industry where money is sure the number one motivator. It really is a funny old world.

  7. Very good written information. It will be helpful to everyone who usess it, as well as me. Keep up the good work – i will definitely read more posts.

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