Just a little behind the times on this one. I’ve heard a lot of this “YOLO” thing going on, and after some consideration, I’ve chosen to redefine it.
If you are unfamiliar with the concept of Theosophy, the main point of it is that, as souls, we are constantly evolving through the process of reincarnation. With each life, we are put here to learn lessons and pay back Karmic debt built up over previous lives. As you go through these lives, you build inherent skills, which are displayed as natural talent; wisdom, which is shown as common sense; and other intangible skills like spirituality and tolerance. “You can’t take it with you” is only for material goods. Your soul’s qualities persist.
So, accepting the teachings of Theosophy, you can imagine there have been souls who have been through many different lifetimes. Some have learned their lessons well and gained all the skill, wisdom, and wholesomeness from each lifetime. Others haven’t learned and still continue to be cruel, greedy, and intolerant. The world is full of both types of people, you can’t doubt this.
But the world is also full of many more people. More people on this Earth than ever before. More bodies, more souls. These bodies must be filled with young souls, those who have not had the experience of many lifetimes to learn how to be good. Many that have to pay back Karmic debt through lack and suffering. Some that are learning from their current situation, and a lot that are not. It takes a long time to learn some lessons.
You can see this in the attitude of the younger generations. You can see it every day in so many people. It’s a sense of desperation. Even driving in the city, you can sense the desperation in how people drive. They must pull out in front of you, because they feel if they don’t, they will never get in. Never. That’s how the world is behaving. Now or never.
These people don’t understand that this life is nothing. There will be so many more lives to enjoy if you live this life right. If you don’t, you’ll make up for it next time. And hopefully, you’ll learn it that time.
So, for all the desperate people and their rally cry: “You Only Live Once!” I respond knowingly, “No, You’ve Only Lived Once.”