The prisoner of life imprisonment said: Even in prison, you can get spiritual satisfaction


What does life mean for you?

What is your motivation for your life? Where does your inspiration and strength come from?

Where will you go for comfort and happiness?

What is the ultimate wealth in your life?


On July 15, 1931, American philosopher Will Durant sent a letter to some celebrities I admired in the United States and around the world from the home of New York, asking them to answer these questions. Among these people include poets, philosophers, athletes, Nobel Prize winners, psychologists, musicians, writers, and world -class politicians.


After the above manuscript was ready, the publisher thought of sending Durant’s letter to a fourth criminal who was recently sentenced to life imprisonment. He wanted to know the meaning of a person who was not impartially judged and destined to see the meaning of life.

The answer named Owen C. Midel, which moved many readers, and some readers even said that the book was given to Samsung, and the prisoner’s answer was given to the five stars.

The response of the prisoner was written and very literary. It seems that he is also a cultural person.

He said:


The value of life is that I am willing to work hard to make it valuable.


Even prisoners who serve in prison can make life as interesting and just as meaningful as people outside the prison. Everything depends on a person’s firm belief in his own philosophy of life.

Truth tells us that happiness and happiness are a state of satisfaction. Whether it is a small island, or in a small town in the poor country, or in the low -rent houses in big cities, you can find a sense of satisfaction. It can appear in the rich man’s mansion, or in the poor room of the poor.

It is not necessarily unhappy in prison, otherwise all free people should be happy. Poverty is not the root cause of unhappy, otherwise all rich people should be happy. Those who have lived in the town for a lifetime and many people who have been traveling to the mountains and waters are happier. I know a black man who is old. He doesn’t even know one word, but he is much happier than hiring his university professor.

Happiness has nothing to do with race, nothing about money, unrelated social status, and unrelated geographical location. Happiness is a sense of spiritual satisfaction. If this is true, then its reasonable residence should be in our minds. Some people say that spirit can surpass material. So, can we think that under any circumstances, even in prison, can we get spiritual satisfaction? Is there any mistake?

Just as humans have changed their own lifestyle, he must change his thoughts, habits, and even forms.


This reminds me of Schopenhauer’s optimism.

Schopenhauer believes that happiness is only related to the individual’s own. “For our lives, our own personality is the most critical, because our personality is lasting, and it is playing a role in any case.” Essence As for wealth and reputation, and status, these outside things are secondary to people’s happiness, because their “content differences are only from their own division.”

Among the many happiness, Schopenhauer is only inclined to think and creation. “Everyone will have a kind of happiness that suits them, which is based on what kind of ability he has. The first category is for the body for the body The fun brought by metabolic capabilities: this includes eating, drinking, digestion, rest, and sleeping. In some countries, such happiness has won the first, and such activities have even become a national entertainment. The second category is the fun brought by muscle strength brought about : These include walking, jumping, fencing, riding, dance, hunting and various sports games; even fighting and war are included. The third category is the fun of performing sensory ability: these include observation, thinking, feeling, feelings , Reading, meditation, writing, learning, invention, playing music and thinking philosophy. “

The first two types of happiness in Schopenhauer’s view is simply low -level interest. They “also exist in animals, even far better than humans.” The third category is the joy of human beings. This kind of fun is not everyone. What you can enjoy requires an excellent mind. “A fool is carrying his pitiful herself -this burden that cannot be got rid of -and sighs. And a person with superior spiritual endowment makes his deadly environmental environment with his thoughts. “” Excellent feelings make us have the ability to enjoy cognitive, that is, the so -called spiritual thought. “

Both of them are the spiritual routes, and the problem of neglecting material problems. One is a prisoner. The material can no longer talk about it.

Happiness just depends on the spirit? Don’t be happy, don’t you enjoy it, or are you greedy?


The prisoner also said,

Anyone who has a meaningful conclusion that has a meaningless life must be a smart person. Smart people do not do meaningless things, but people who advocate this creed are still alive. I have to conclude that they do not fully agree with their creed.

This sentence is a bit wrong.

In this case, anyone who has not suicide also says that life is the void is a big liar.

Roman Roland wrote in “Biography of Michelangia”: There is only a real heroism in the world, that is, after seeing the truth of life, he still loves life.