Advice to My Son by Peter Meinke: Essay

1276 Words Sep 8th, 2008 6 Pages
One of the great paradoxes in life is trying to impart wisdom that you’ve garnered in your own life to others while letting them retain their own identity. I have found in my own life, as many others have found in theirs, that it can be difficult to learn vicariously through another person, rather than having to learn from your own life experiences. Still though, there is probably not a single person who would say that if they had the knowledge and wisdom that they currently have at a young age, would not do some things differently. As such, every parent faces the difficult conundrum of trying to pass down to their children that which they have learned in their life in a way that is both relevant and convincing but also allows for the fact …show more content…
After all, he says, life can go slowly if you survive those horrible events that might befall you in destiny’s attempt to end your life early. And if you survive, he explains, you will end up in the lifestyle that so many of us are stuck in, and place that is not blissful and enjoyable like heaven but not painful and horrific like hell, more like a sort of existential purgatory. In saying this I also think he might be trying to show the difference between a secular life lacking in mystery, and a spiritual life, which contains a greater variety of thoughts and emotions. In the second stanza, the author tackles the opposing ideals of the practical and the ephemeral. In order to do this, he incorporates the images of plants. He uses the rose to symbolize the idealistic, the beauty that fades with time, and the short-lived. It is a good example, for as soon as a rose is clipped it begins to die. As a symbol of the practical he uses “squash, spinach, turnips, and tomatoes”. These represent things that are not beautiful and useful in the present, but that will be nourishing in satisfying the essential need for food that we all have. So he is saying that while you are going around appreciating the things that are pleasurable and beautiful in the moment, you must also do things which will yield positive results in the future even if they are not immediately satisfying. He then goes on to talk of the juxtaposition of the sensual and the

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