We are in debt; each and every one of us. I am in debt and so are you. Financially some of us certainly are, but this is not the debt unto which I speak. We collectively are in much greater debt. We are in debt to every person that came before us and helped to make the world a fit place, the very existence into which we were born.
We are in debt to those that put in the labor to delve into thought that produced works of philosophy that have, and continue, to shape modern philosophy.
We are in debt to anyone that chose only to take from the land what they needed, and did their part to keep a restorative balance thereof.
We are in debt to every scientist, whether we agree with their conclusions or not, whom have strived to uncover the secrets of existence so as to make the world a better place.
We are in debt to each person that took the inner teachings of their religion to heart and pour forth the same compassion, love, and kindness back upon the world.
Yes, some of us were victims of circumstance of our birth; and not every person before us did their part to keep the sky blue and the blood of the world clean. The question that lay upon our hearts is whether we pay our debts to those whose work has made life thousands and thousands of times better than it would be without such collective effort or if toiling in our own situation without regard for the good is the way to best live up to our potential. Will the debt our children and their children’s children on down a line into unknown obscurity inherit from us be of the same worth as to such that we were handed by merely being born human?
The list is continuous: We are in debt to Plato. We are in debt to Leonardo Da Vinci. We are in debt to Sir Isaac Newton, to Ghandi, to Mother Teresa, to Mozart, to our mothers, to our fathers, to every single person whose life, whether intended or not, made the right circumstance within the vastness of infinite possibility so that we too may experience the story and glory that is life.
How do we pay all of these people back? The answer lay simply in our deeds. Be mindful of you actions and make any small effort to begin to repay the debt handed down; and perhaps the debt that our descendants inherit from us will be a glorious mountain worth more than its weight, a mountain of debt worth carrying on.
"Lost in a thicket bare-footed upon a thorned path."