How one leads one own life is, very much, a matter of individual’s choice. There may be some who would argue that life is is a mere existence; something that one needs to enjoy and/or endure?
I wonder, what is the difference between a man’s life and that of a beast. Rather, I consider the life of a beast better than that of such a life
I am reminded of a famous quote from Karl Marx which goes as: …a bee puts to shame many an architect in the construction of her cells. But what distinguishes the worst of architects from the best of bees is this, that the architect raises his structure in imagination before he erects it in reality
That translates to me in the context as : man’s life and his works are not mere existence but rather a conscious experience and intentional creation.
Dharmohi Teshhaamadhiko Visheshho
Dharmena Hiinaah Pashubhih Samaanaah
Eating, sleeping, sex etc are all common to both animals and humans; what is special about men is their consciousness (of what is good and what is bad, what is right and what is not). A man devoid of such a consciousness is comparable to a beast.
People who are able to combine both, and get true life experience, effectively are rare. No wonder, it is said:
Saile Saile Na Maanikyam Mauktikam Na Gaje Gaje
Saadhavo Na Hi Sarvatra Chandanam Na Vane Vane
Precious stones are not in every mountain, Diamond is not on every elephant, Good people are not everywhere and Sandalwood is not in every forest But, fortunately for us, they are lost in the archives of time. They are very much amongst us, if only we care to look around. They serve as our role models and guiding light. Here is one such example from the thick of action: