Friday, February 1, 2013

We Are the Catchers In the Rye

I found my book Catcher in the Rye.
It's a book I picked up often to read from time to time.

It's a book that is significant because it applies to many themes and not just to suicide
as we are led to believe.

If anything, it should be a story about struggle and survival.

There is not one person in the world who could not relate to this story because we all suffer
 anguish and struggles but we live.
We survive.
We march forward and don't look back.
Some people we may know to be dying all their lives and then you go before they do lol

In any event ,  Watchers are not people who commit suicide.
The Hero of this story was like many of us are in this world, especially Mothers,
who watch their children .
The Hero was a defender of children and their innocence.
What could be more pleasant than watching innocent children, playing in fields of rye and yet you know
in  their playful innocence,
  they will not see danger, in terms of a deadly cliff?
or even a lion or some other predator?
Life is like that.
We never know where this cliff is, as we play, study, work and live our daily lives.
We get distracted a moment and that's all it takes.
So we need watchers around us to protect us.

The book is also about maturity levels.
Most people don't go past high school.
Some go on to study and develop their brains to resolve more complex issues.
Some learn from life
Some never learn.
Some are watchers who suffer and learn for us all.
Some run away and hide and refuse to face what they learn and see to be ugly.
But together we can pool our information and survive.

You see, life is ugly and therein lies the beauty.
We are obsessed with it.
All of it.

We look at Poppies in the field
as if they were the result of beginnings and not ends.
They arise from ugliness and darkness into the light.
We look at fields of rye in terms of life and survival.

The Catcher in the Rye was about a man suffering but he is responsible for his own
Yes, the world is ugly.
Many ugly things happening out there
in between all this ugliness is beauty, love, compassion, freedom
and eternity.
Life, is about learning experiences and taking small steps to discover it all.

 If we could believe in religion for a moment, we could believe that we sent ourselves to this world to experience everything that we've experienced in our own lives. So there is no one to blame.
We came to  learn that all problems have solutions, even the ugly ones.

We are the historians, the librarians, the secretaries and the watchers

Some say too much knowledge leads to too much power and then people have problems dealing in normal
social life and situations and this then leads to suicide.
Nietzche spent all his life thinking, only to conclude we will all

Sure, we will all die but it's not up to us to know when or how and if we go beyond the grid, into infinity, 
we will see that there is no such thing as death. There is only slumber and life.
Astronauts and pilots know the feeling of going up so fast, they lose consciousness but they are not dead.
Life encompasses everything. 

We are all Catchers in the Rye. We are all connected in our innocence and guilt.
We are all survivors and poppies growing in fertile fields.

In this knowledge we can find strength and power to live .

It is no wonder poppies are one of the most popular flowers in the world .
We empower ourselves looking at them, as we empower ourselves watching many good things
while shutting off, all the bad.



Mama Zen said...

"We are the historians, the librarians, the secretaries and the watchers"

This gave me a lot to think about.

Gina Gao said...

This is a really nice post!

Gattina said...

I don't know this book at all, but I love the poppies ! A poppy field is so beautiful !

A Lady's Life said...

Mama Zen - This is what society is. for sure.

A Lady's Life said...

Thanks Gina

A Lady's Life said...

I love poppies as well.
When I was a kid we used to buy poppy seed strudels at bakeries and they were sooo good.

SandyCarlson said...

This is a wonderful book, to be sure. Thanks for your thoughts.

A Lady's Life said...

sandy glad you like the book