Nowhere Man: You Don’t Know What You’re Missing

A blogger, named “Nowhere Man”, has a website (Wanton Soul) with which he’s been chronicling his first attempt to read the Bible. He appears to be skeptical of the Bible and religion but is giving them a shot anyway.

In a recent reply to a friendly and encouraging comment from an unregistered visitor, Nowhere Man said “What a beautiful thing to say. I wish that they were true about me. But I’m really not that great of a person. Something you all will find out with time I’m sure. But thank you for the kind words, Sweethart.” He had previously claimed he wasn’t a very good person, so when he repeated that claim, I responded with the following [edited] post . . .

Okay, Wanton Soul, you’re a degenerate.

We all have issues to work through. It’s called maturing . . . the human condition . . . life. Perhaps you have more issues than most . . . who knows? The point is: you can’t work on something until you acknowledge it (as you have done) in the first place. Just being aware of what you need to do is a step in the right direction.

I’m not sure what “really not that great of a person” entails but as long as it doesn’t involve hurting other people, I think that your future looks bright. At the very least, if you’re mindful of your faults, life will present you with a series of learning opportunities that will lead to greater insight and change for the better.

If you’re a murderer, rapist, molester, arsonist, thief, fraud, etc. . . . or suffer from an obsessive-compulsive disorder . . . then you probably don’t want to take the passive route to reform. You would, in that case, be best served by seeking out competent, professional, help: maybe medication or therapy or something more drastic.

If you’re merely an asshole, then welcome to the club. Everybody feels that way, to varying degrees, from time to time. Even Christians. Hypocrisy is inescapable. Do you need God or religion to improve yourself? Definitely not – unless you prefer to improve yourself through fear and guilt.

Personally, I believe that loving and caring for others (friends, family, partner) is positively transformative or can be if you want it to be. If you have nobody close to you, you can derive the benefits of love and caring by performing acts of love and caring. I’m speaking of charitable works: helping strangers. If you want to feel better, do better. If you want to be good, do good.

I remember being in Tijuana with my family. We were simply wasting money on cheap stuff we didn’t need. A little girl, selling packets of Chicklets from a box, passed by and we bought some from her. I looked at my family and I said, “You know what guys? This is ridiculous. Look at this crap we bought. We could feed a local family for months with the money we’ve just wasted. How would you guys like to take the rest of our spending money, change it to one dollar bills and start handing it out to these poor kids?”

My kids’ (James and Jasmine) faces lit up and even my wife was enthused by the idea. I cautioned them that we didn’t want to cause too much of a scene, so we decided to just walk back to the border and hand out the money to the kids as we went along.

Although we feel really good about that experience and it provides us with lasting memories of happy faces; it didn’t really do much to change the lives of those children. Nor was it something we could do on a daily basis. It might not be the best example for you but it gives you an idea of how simple it is to be a loving, caring, person. All you have to do is love and care. Whether it’s friends, family or strangers; you grow, personally, when you love them.

And you don’t need God for that.

P.S.
If Nowhere Man took his name from the Beatles’ song (Rubber Soul album, 1966), then maybe he identifies with the lyrics. I append the lyrics here just for the heck of it . .  .

He’s a real nowhere man,
Sitting in his Nowhere Land,
Making all his nowhere plans for nobody.

Doesn’t have a point of view,
Knows not where he’s going to,
Isn’t he a bit like you and me?

Nowhere Man please listen,
You don’t know what you’re missing,
Nowhere Man, the world is at your command!

He’s as blind as he can be,
Just sees what he wants to see,
Nowhere Man can you see me at all?

Nowhere Man, don’t worry,
Take your time, don’t hurry,
Leave it all till somebody else lends you a hand!

Doesn’t have a point of view,
Knows not where he’s going to,
Isn’t he a bit like you and me?

Nowhere Man please listen,
You don’t know what you’re missing
Nowhere Man, the world is at your command!

He’s a real Nowhere Man,
Sitting in his Nowhere Land,
Making all his nowhere plans for nobody.

Making all his nowhere plans for nobody.
Making all his nowhere plans for nobody!


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