Cabin Zen

There is an attitude that appears commonplace whenever I tell people about my cabin. I started building a small cabin in the garden during the summer and besides the “Why are you building it?” question the other one I get is the “When will it be finished?” question. The latter question is like asking a newborn baby, ‘when will you die?” Is the ending of life the goal of life? Is the completion of my cabin the goal of building my cabin? I am building my cabin because I am building my cabin. You live life because you are living life. The inevitable death that comes with life might give your life purpose, but death is not the goal in life. And so the completion of building my cabin might give me a purpose in building it, but it is not the goal. Building a cabin therefore is a goal in and of itself – and so is life.

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