Examining the Benefit of Limits

In my previous post about limits, I indicated that limits do not agree with us as human beings. Then why do we have them? Besides real dangers that we rightly fear, the reason we limit our aspirations and doubt our abilities is unfounded fears.

Yet there is more. People around us like to impose fears and repeat to us about our limits. We fear their repetition of our limits, their judgments and imposition of “consequences” (especially when there are no natural ones).

It starts when we are children. Those with more access to power make themselves and their power known most effectively when we are vulnerable. Then as adults, those fears are reinforced with other judgments such as that we don’t have the money, the looks or the credit we “should” have. And all along, we are reminded that we are fragile and mortal. We will die. (So, why don’t you just accept your limits and play your role as a limited servant to a greater cause?)

What the human spirit wants is to be free, to break the bonds, to become fully alive. But do we go there? Some do. Some don’t. I propose that those that break their bonds have asked themselves, “Who benefits from my limits?”

The answer is, “Those in power.”

For example, women the world over have been kept from their power. Those that questioned the limits and took hold of their bodies and minds suffered the consequences. (By using women as an example, I do not mean any slight to other people suffering discrimination; but women is the largest group ever to suffer such limitations.) Margaret Sanger and Susan B. Anthony come to mind. Look at the tremendous prices they paid to help women overcome the tyranny of men. The men in power have used their power and backed it with “Holy Scriptures,” social ridicule and by creating role model women that would not question the men.

Everywhere I go, I encounter the powerless that have accepted the ultimate limit, death. It so happens their daddy died, and their grandmother died; why shouldn’t they accept it as well?

There is talk about all the social problems that will result from people not dying. There will be too many old people, burdening Medicare and Social Security. There will be too many people on Earth to feed, clothe and house. No more death will eventually create more poor people. And on and on. Those arguments are not kind, not life empowering nor helpful. They are smokescreens. Don’t listen.

Ask yourself, would you like to have had your daddy still alive or your loving grandmother? Would you like to live and see your great-grandchildren grow up, get married and make something of themselves? Would you like to live long enough to get past your childhood insecurities and become fully yourself? Would you like to gain wisdom from a lifetime of lessons learned and pass that on in person instead of dying? Would you like to become so free that no one can hold death over your head?

I would. Let’s

  • Spread the message without fear.
  • Tweet it.
  • Read up on longevity.
  • Blog it.
  • Make healthy choices in anticipation of living 1000 years or more.
  • Link to each other.
  • Show support on the social media.
  • Refuse to give up.
  • Live fully now and forever.
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