No more virtual ink needs to be spilled regarding the recent insanity involving Aaron Hernandez. Here I go anyway.
Is everyone else as sick of hearing about this as I am? It dominated the local news the day after a senate election to the point of excluding said contest. Yet our senator affects our lives, he represents us. Hernandez is a kid who happens to play a sport for a local team, i.e. he has no impact whatsoever on our lives. He isn’t the first self-destructive athlete, he won’t be the last. By far. Go figure.
Yet, there is a takeaway in all this. We can all learn from his bad judgment and behavior.
One lesson is the one stated in the title of this post, shared with a mediocre Bond flick. For Hernandez, for you, and for me, the world is indeed insufficient to satisfy our lusts, dreams, and desires. Think of it: Did this guy lack anything most people covet? Money, fame, adoration, talent. That pretty much covers the spectrum. (For some of us, money is the spectrum.)
Was it all enough for him? Evidently not. Would it be enough for you or me? Probably not. Contrary to the popular truism, enough is not enough. In fact, I’m not sure the concept of “enough” is understood or applicable in our society anymore. This is an age of no limits on aggregating Stuff, including wealth. Ask Bill Gates or Larry Ellison.
The best commentary on this topic was from those wise old philosophers, Larry the Cucumber and Bob the Tomato. When Bob asked Larry how much stuff it would take before he was content, Larry answered, “I don’t know. How much is there?”
It’s one of the lies that we believe, that if we only had a little more, we’d finally be happy. You’ll never have more than Hernandez had. The following will not improve the quality of your life, psychologically, emotionally, or spiritually:
More physical sensations.
One thing I keep hearing reports say about Hernandez is that he couldn’t let go of his past life patterns. It might sound old-fashioned and fundamentalist, but he needed to repent. The word simply means to turn around, to turn your back on your past, and establish an entirely new way of living.
Removing destructive influences such as drugs, alcohol, media, and other addictions help us let go of the past and move forward to a better, fuller life. Unfortunately, that doesn’t just happen on its own. We require outside influences to change our insides. Twelve step programs and other faith-based approaches are the most effective at that.
Who else but God knows our insides and cares enough to help us? (Hint: no one.)
He is Enough.