Day in day out in this life, we strive for one thing, survival. Survival has been defined by so many scholars and philosophers. Does struggle have to be always in the negative sense? It is for us as discerning minds to decide on. Man ever since the Fall in the garden of Eden has bee predestined to go through a life of toil and strife. A life of thorns, oppression, greed surrounding our every living entity.
The creatures upon which we have dominion also have their fair share of this struggle of which we partake. Right from a neonate to the very dying embers of age and the broken lines of our life. From trying to suckle the breast of thy mother to taking the first steps of life to saying the first word to writing the first legible character to singing to and to and to and to.
All these stages in life have characterized the difficulty with which we have to contend to live in this world. Is there a need to struggle at all? Why can’t we just settle for whatever that comes our way and just be content. Could greed and competition be a source of motivation for having to struggle? Or could the prize on which we have our eyes fixated on be the attractive force that draws us nigh to thee. Struggle, an eight character word yet very defining in every sense, psychologically, socially, academically and even physically.
Darwinism defined struggle in a more diplomatic way but could this refinement of the rubric and its connotation take away its crude and harsh nature. “The survival of the fittest” , they say. But is this really the case? Or is it rather a survival of those who have diabolic means to get rid of “obstacles” that would hinder the achievement of their ill-intended goals?
Spotlight murder. Life so precious taken away. Regrets realized later but whence too late to make a return to the norm. Haunted is thy person till relief of forgiveness is sought. So why go through all these challenges. Why would a taxi driver set out in the early hours of the morning honking and yelling? All but to make ends meet and cater for a family that solely depends on him. The stone age would have been quite a site to behold. Just hunting and gathering, relaxing and waiting for tomorrow. For tomorrow takes care of itself.
Struggle for political power drives the heart of many men and even women now. Hunger drive, zeal, enthusiasm, passion one may say but all end up in the negativeness of negativity.
So finally the question again: “Why should we struggle?”