Sunday 15 September, 2013 by Uncle Spike
“We must remember that nothing in this world really belongs to us. At best, we are merely borrowers”
My wife is pretty busy this time of year, preparing new courses for a new semester in the faculty, as well as more than enough going on across her two departments. As a result, I have time on my hands today; the kid appears fixated with Ben 10 this morning, and it’s still a bit too hot to start charging off out there to tackle some farm chores,
So… I was having a browse around and came across these words from the late British novelist Christopher William Bradshaw Isherwood – and they struck me as quite profound, and that was it, I drifted into one of my Sunday Philosophical Moments.
“…nothing in this world really belongs to us…”
How true is that when you really think about it? Just take a moment to list out all the things that ‘belong’ to us. The car, the house, your clothes, the land your house sits on perhaps. Now there’s a funny concept for a start, just how can we ‘own’ a piece of land, a section of the earth, a slice of this planet?
“…At best, we are merely borrowers…”
Borrowers or caretakers. Our stay on this planet is all very temporary, for no matter what our beliefs, all of us will be gone after a certain number of decades. While we are here, we do our utmost to ‘make our mark’, to ‘put our stamp’ on our very existence if you will.
This is more than a philosophical dream, but very much a reality for some of us. Here I am, working a fruit farm. I arrived a few years ago, and have worked my butt off, day in, day out, no tractor, just my bare hands, some simple tools, a pair of sturdy workboots and my old shorts. Over the years the land has been completely changed, from an overgrown jungle to what passably looks like an organised affair; and we’ve even built a house. But in the end, for what purpose? I will either move on, or die here. That’s not a morbid thought particularly, it’s got to be one of those, hasn’t it?
After I’ve gone, what will happen to the land. In another 100 years, will anyone care or even realise how much work, thought and sweat has been literally poured into what we do here? No, of course not. As the man says, “we are merely borrowers”.