Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Throwing it all away

I found this article about this old money socialite who decided to become a nun.

It seems unbelieveable what she is doing.

Sister Mary Joseph sleeps on a wooden plank covered by a thin mattress in a cell. She wears lisle stockings, Birkenstock sandals (discalced means barefoot or sandal-wearing), a coarse brown habit. The sisters don't eat meat, (though they do supplement their diet with the salmon and shrimp Sister Mary Joseph flies in from Swan Oyster Depot twice a year).

I am rich. I can pretty much buy and do what I want. My friends joke that we are retired. But its kind of weird. I understand where this woman is coming from. I mean when you have everything what else is there to do? What's the point of doing anything at all when you have it all.

Soem times I see these Jewish Orthodox women wearing their long skirts and their wrapped hair. I get a little curious. I wonder how it is to be part of something that is bigger than you. To belong to something where your spiritual identity is what matters the most. Am I being silly?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're not silly, just a bit fat and pudgy. Why become part of something as moronic as religion when you could do something productive. Like join a gym.

6:41 AM  
Blogger Ole said...

Not silly at all.

7:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

>>What's the point of doing anything at all when you have it all.

You don't have it all. All you have is money. You don't have satisfaction or serenity or the pleasure of providing a service to others or exercising your creative potential or doing anything with pride or excellence. You are a little bit tragic, PP.

9:13 AM  
Blogger Trish said...

You can be part of something "bigger than you", something that gives your life meaning, gives you a sense of belonging and a sense of worth, a feeling that you are contributing to something that is good and right. And you don't even have to be Jewish.

It's called "a job."

Whenever anyone surveys workers, from the people in the factories through to the CEO's of big companies, the number one reason people go to work isn't because of the paycheck. It's because of the pride they have in going to work and doing a good job.

I'm not trying to be condescending to you here. But I think you have yet to grasp the concept of work as anything other than a way to get more money. Your grandmother has ensured that you will never need to work for money. You need to work for meaning, for self-worth, for pride, for the feeling you get when you leave your workplace at the end of the day, knowing that you've done some good work today. Honestly, it's a great feeling. And you're lucky - you have the opportunity to work at whatever the hell you want to, without worrying if you're going to make enough to cover your rent.

Get out there and get a job, or volunteer, or do anything that will make you feel good. Your Dad and your sister want you to get a job not because you're living off the seemingly inexhaustible trust fund. They want you to get a job so you can experience the joy of being part of something that is bigger than you.

You're not being silly. Quite the opposite - you're starting to realise that there is a LOT more to life than you have already experienced. That's a really important step. Some people don't figure that one out until their in their 70's.

Good luck. I mean that sincerely.

3:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What the hell, PP? Don't tell me that you're starting to go soft on me NOW! You don't seem like the naive type who would buy into all of that religious fanaticism as a way of finding your "spiritual identity." Please realize that religion and "spiritual identity" are ABSOLUTELY mutually exclusive. If you are truly one of those individuals who feels such an utter sense of placelessness in the world that you would even consider devoting yourself to a society-imposed institution such as religion, then - clearly - I have misjudged you all along. You always seemed like a real smartass cookie to me (i.e., NOT one of the MANY passive twits out there). But now...well, I must say that I'm very disappointed. Religion isn't something "bigger than you"; it's a stupid institution which weak-minded people gravitate toward in order to mesh with similarly weak-minded individuals, thereby allowing themselves to experience a feeling of togetherness (and belonging)with the world around them. You know what they say about misery loving company...; church is merely the playground for all of those poor, miserable bastards. If you are suddenly finding yourself suffering from an existential crisis, go to Central Park and try to find God - or whatever the hell it is that you are looking for - in the beauty of nature (or go to Barney's for something equally as wonderful - like a pair of Manolos, for instance). I guarantee that you'll feel much better about yourself after such an outing; in fact, you might even figure out what exactly it is that you were meant for in this world (I mean, besides providing your devoted blog readers with an occasional giggle). At any rate, try not to drive yourself mad by trying to figure IT all out at once. Instead, take time to enjoy the simple pleasures - and even the bumps - you'll find along the way.

3:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, PP, ever seen Woody Allen's movie "Alice"? Check it out.

4:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you don't stand for something soon, PP, you will continue to fall for anything.

5:03 PM  
Anonymous Other said...

Blah blah blah blah blah, PP- blah blah,
blah blah blah blah ...blah.

6:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PP, there are millions of things you can do besides sit in your apartment, or shop, or go clubbing with your friends.
Why, for instance, don't you travel?? God, if I had your money I would be in Italy right now, or Paris, or climbing Kilimanjaro.
It's cool that you managed to muster a thought concerning the need for some kind of spiritual identity...shocking, in fact.
Since you have, it might be a good idea to broaden your horizons as they seem to be so cramped and limited to such a small field of exploration at the moment.
Go travelling. Visit cathedrals and back alleys and monasteries and brothels. Sleep with poets and street musicians and the occasional Count. Meet people outside your teeny-tiny circle of spoiled rich god, girl, it really seems as if your money has made you a prisoner. Sometimes reading about it almost suffocates me.
By all means, see the film "Alice".

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