Life Lessons
thoughts by Anitra L. Freeman

     I have a few problems with this whole idea of "Life Lessons" myself. Not that I don't think we can learn spiritual lessons from life, but I do think that the idea is often used very simplistically.
     The main problem I have with the idea of Life Lessons is the idea that the lesson was arranged. A principle of the scientific method is that an explanation should not only be sufficient to account for the thing explained, it should also be necessary -- and this idea of "pre-arranged Life Lessons" just isn't necessary. It is quite possible for Life to be a running game of dodgeball between blind circumstances, and we could still learn from it. Humans are meaning-generators: give a human any set of random signals, and she'll make something out of it. Give different humans the same set of random signals, and they'll each make something different out of it. Running out of gas on a late-night backroad can be interpreted different ways by different people.
     It is indeed possible to learn from everything -- and to learn a lot more than the Kabala's suggested 12,166 lessons; more than can fit on any Angel-Like Being's Test Form. One part of Momma gives milk when you suck, but just about any part tastes good when you suck it, anyway. So does your own body, and almost any other object, but they all taste different. Rocks look prettier when they're wet. Don't bite rocks: although there are some of them that are soft enough that your teeth will break them before they break your teeth, they don't taste good enough to be worth it unless enough boys are watching, and then you'll have to do it lots more times and you'll hate it.
     There are more things to learn from life than you could possibly count or plan for on any spiritual level at all. The best way to learn them is with unfettered expectations. Don't plan your lessons -- just go for it.


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