There’s no escaping life … unless you decide to renounce most of the basic essentials we take for granted and move into a cave. (A small number of people- mostly monks – prefer to live that way.) Otherwise, the only sanctuary available to us is that of our own human ability to live, love, and create. Depending on how well we succeed, that can be heaven or hell.
When you attempt to hide from your human condition, escaping into the lost world of despair, drugs, and depression, it never works. No matter how hard you try, how many doctors you visit, pills you pop, you end up faced with the same reality of … who you are. There’s no refuge from that.
The rest is a matter of choice: You can opt out of dealing with life, remaining addicted to drugs and depression, or you can choose life, with all its uncertainties and problems. Either way, there is no refuge.
This human condition is what we were born into, what we’re designed for. Just like birds gotta fly and fish gotta swim – we gotta feel and we gotta fight the devil. There can be no living refuge from that. Not as long as we breath.
If you see life as a burden too heavy to carry, then it begins to feel like it’s not worth living. But if you see it as a gift, perhaps even a magic carpet ride, then the obstacles and challenges are just part of the adventure.
The journey may be rough and tough and leave you with bumps, bruises, and scars, but on the long run it’s worth it. You awaken to the bright future of the uphold of existence, the never ending path to enlightenment and true reward. And the only refuge you need seek is from other kind souls who offer it to you with kindness, love and grace.
Resource material: Depression, It Doesn’t Exist, Vassili, 2009, a guide to truly understanding, preventing, and curing depression; Monument to failure, Vassili, 2006; the most comprehensive study of the American healthcare system ever made.