From Tony Robbins’s ‘The Monk who sold his Ferrari’: “How would you drop an egg thruogh a height of four feet, with a floor of concrete below, and still not have it cracked?”
Trivially, we all begin by thinking how to circumvent the hardness of the concrete, or the weakness of the egg. We do not keep conscious of how much more essential the journey is, as compared to the end.
We would live our lives wanting to procure one or another thing, but, say, if Einstein had deduced the Unified Field Theory, or Beethoven had completed the “Unfinished” Symphony, either they would have found another objective to accomplish, or died as impoverished people; impoverished of a desire, of a target to achieve!
If any of us got everything we desired for -even if we unthoughtfully asked for immortality – we are sure to realize how pointless life would be beyond that point of time – when we achieved everything we dreamed of. We would be left with no reason to live; no motive to work towards.
Just as they say, thieves steal so that the police has someone to chase!
One might realize that an egg could be made to fall through four feet unharmed, simply by dropping it from a height of five feet, and catching it mid-air.
Also, as Ayn Rand wondered in ‘The Fountainhead’ – “His head thrown back, he felt the pull of his throat muscles and he wondered whether the peculiar solemnity of looking at the sky comes, not from what one contemplates, but from that uplift of one’s head.”
P.S: This essay and the previous one were practice essays for my SAT. In which, I eventually did terribly – even in the essay, which I thought wasn’t that bad. 🙁