The secret to life is….

Posted: March 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

There is this amazing book called “Life at the speed of light“.  I have written about this book before on this blog, it is a really great book. Written by Graig Venter, the book details genetics and the journey man has been on with genetics and life.

In the beginning of his book Dr. Venter tries to define life. Think about it. Can you define life? It is tough right? Scientists, philosophers and layman, have all, despite experiencing it everyday,  struggled to define life. Everyone has their own opinion about what life is. Have you ever heard the expression “now this is living”? For the purpose of this post let us define life as the animation of matter and the sense of self. Or the state of being sentient. Makes sense right?

Now this state of animation does stop that is the end of life, for this post purposes, there is always the debate about the after life, but for now here this moment this is life and it is defined as stated.

So now that we know what it is, what is the secret to life? What can we do that makes it well worth living? Is there one thing we can do to make our lives richer and fuller? You see people who seem to “life above the rat race and nonsense that consumes us.” How do they do this? Is it one thing that makes a difference? Is there some secret that they know and we don’t?

WWII was dubbed the war to end all wars . Every nation on earth was involved. There was almost no soul alive at the time that was not in some way affected by this war.  The death toll was catastrophic. The leader of Great Britain at the time and the Allied forces was none other than Winston Churchill. Winston Churchill was not that popular at home many of his constituents did not agree with his actions or policies but he led the Allied forces to victory against one of the greatest evils this world has ever seen and his secret was simple.

“… we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be,we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender”  -Winston Churchill


“Never, never, never give up.”
― Winston Churchill


When you think about it, I mean really give it some thought. That is the secret isn’t it? Never giving up. We can apply it to all facets of life.

I would like to end today’s post with a speech given by Winston Churchill.

We do not yet know what will happen in France or whether the French resistance will be prolonged, both in France and in the French Empire overseas. The French Government will be throwing away great opportunities and casting adrift their future if they do not continue the war in accordance with their Treaty obligations, from which we have not felt able to release them. The House will have read the historic declaration in which, at the desire of many Frenchmen-and of our own hearts-we have proclaimed our willingness at the darkest hour in French history to conclude a union of common citizenship in this struggle. However matters may go in France or with the French Government, or other French Governments, we in this Island and in the British Empire will never lose our sense of comradeship with the French people. If we are now called upon to endure what they have been suffering, we shall emulate their courage, and if final victory rewards our toils they shall share the gains, aye, and freedom shall be restored to all. We abate nothing of our just demands; not one jot or tittle do we recede. Czechs, Poles, Norwegians, Dutch, Belgians have joined their causes to our own. All these shall be restored.What General Weygand called the Battle of France is over. I expect that the Battle of Britain is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilization. Upon it depends our own British life, and the long continuity of our institutions and our Empire. The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us. Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this Island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, “This was their finest hour.”

I know I said I would end the post with that speech but I lied. I only posted the last two paragraphs of it here and I am not done yet. You may know the speech if you do good for you, if not learn these two paragraphs. Teach them to your children. In these two paragraphs the leader tells the nation that The French may or may not succeed but it doesn’t matter what the French do or don’t do.  We can be tempted to blame some people for what has happened or is happenig to us but it doesn’t matter what others have done or are doing for our life, unless of course we allow it to matter.

Finally in the last paragraph he lets the nation know that right now is all that matters and they most bond together and give it all they got and never quit.  I don’t know where you are or what you are doing but don’t quit and do the very best you can!




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