I mentioned on a previous post (Life and Death) that I would discuss the meaning of life as I saw it. Many people have attempted theories before me including Monty Python. I thought I'd throw my hat in the ring and let you in on my theory.
If this topic makes you uncomfortable then I suggest stopping right here. Although seriously, I imagine other things probably make you uncomfortable too if that's the case. Regardless of your sensibilities, I am continuing. If I were you I'd read anyway just to satisfy my curiosity. After all, you don't have to believe anything I say. It's just my own theory.
The simplest I can describe my beliefs regarding life is fate. I believe in destiny. I suppose that sounds rather corny, doesn't it? I've thought long and hard about this and I've come to a conclusion I feel satisfied with.
I'm sure at some point in your life you've been in a situation that appears completely random. Perhaps unpredictable. You're so certain that something so bizarre could not happen that in fact it did.
Anyone could sit back and look at life as a series of random events. Perhaps indeed they are. It is my opinion however that there are no accidents. That's right, no accidents and no coincidences. To me, everything happens for a reason.
What does this have to do with the meaning of life? If there are no accidents then life is indeed fateful. It means we're all destined to a particular set of experiences. If that's the case then perhaps the meaning of life is intrinsically tied to fate.
I believe that as interconnected beings of energy we are on a collective journey. What sort of journey? A journey of spiritual growth. Our experiences help shape and define who we are as individuals but more importantly these experiences assist our "soul" growth as well. In much broader, more accurate terms, these experiences not only affect the individual but the collective (the ball of energy I described before). While assuming these physical bodies,
each sensation, each emotion, every hardship or thought is funneled into the collective consciousness. The collective consciousness has been described in multiple ways by many people. I believe that due to the interconnectedness of nature that everything we know, think and feel is gathered together. We are constantly tapped into this consciousness whether we realize it or not. It breathes inspiration and ideas into our minds. This consciousness is crucial in helping us grow by sharing our experiences and serves to remind us that we're not alone.
Destiny provides us with the necessary catalysts to grow in new ways. In the grand scheme of things, the physical body only provides the required vehicle for experiencing fateful events. It is through the limits of these bodies that we come to understand the nature of the universe and ourselves.
To sum up, we are interconnected beings of energy placed in limited physical bodies in order to experience destined events that help us progress together as a "ball of energy".
Sounds silly, doesn't it? Maybe it is. Maybe it's absurd. It doesn't really matter, after all these are just the musings of one person (more correctly, the collective consciousness). So thanks to everyone who helped me form this theory.
Lizzie Borden took an axe
And gave her mother forty whacks.
When she saw what she had done
She gave her father forty-one.
The question remains: did Lizzie Borden murder her mother and father? Honestly, there's no clear answer. They never found the murder weapon or blood evidence yet they barred her testimony from the trial and excluded the prussic acid she purchased. Not to mention the dress she burned in the stove, claiming it was ruined from a paint smear. Sounds pretty suspicious.
Lizzie was 32 at time of the alleged murder. She was definitely mature enough to be able to cover up a murder but did she have motive? Let's just say that her father was a cheap, cruel bastard. For instance, Lizzie had been keeping pet pigeons in a barn, happily tending to them everyday, when one day she found them decapitated. He chopped off their heads with an axe because he didn't want boys coming around the barn. He also refused to upgrade to modern conveniences like indoor plumbing and bought cheap meat, leaving it on the stove for days while it spoiled. On top of that, she was never close with her stepmother, most likely resenting her for replacing her dead mother.
Then there's the motive of money. Her father was very wealthy. Relative to today, he would still be considered extremely wealthy. Upon her father's death, her sister and her split the assets.
Still not convinced? There was a theory that it could have been the maid but it doesn't seem to quite fit if you think about it. The maid was only 26, rather young compared to Lizzie and on top of that, lacking in clear motive. Another theory points to her father's illegitimate son seeking revenge but that doesn't seem plausible either.
In my opinion, she did it. The only reason they didn't convict her in 1893 was because she was a woman. Women weren't people. Women couldn't think rationally. Women couldn't even vote. The judge and jury probably just scoffed at the idea of a woman murdering anyone and decided to let her go. So she got away with it. She knew what she was doing. She got rid of the evidence and let the system fail on it's own. She knew they wouldn't convict a woman of murder nor would their investigative abilities be good enough to discover any real evidence. In fact they could have used fingerprinting but the police doing the investigation didn't trust it yet.
Times certainly have changed. If Lizzie Borden had murdered her parents today, I doubt she would have gotten away with it.
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