Time, like an ever-rolling stream,
Bears all its sons away;
They fly forgotten, as a dream
Dies at the opening day.
— Isaac Watts, 1674 – 1748
The movie Blade Runner, starring Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer, came out over 30 years ago but still has one of the most profound monologues spoken in celluloid.
Replicant (cyborg) Roy Batty yearns for more life, and yet each of the robot models programmed by the Tryell Corporation has a pre-programmed expiration date. Roy Batty, model number N6MAA10816, has a life span of 4 years, yet his appearance is that of a 30-year-old male. The replicants are visually indistinguishable from adult humans. They think and act as humans do but are still attempting to understand and process what it is they are “feeling.” We observe their interactions in the movie. It appears they are no different from us.
They “feel” emotions in some sense of the word, just as we feel. The replicants work off-planet in fixed roles. Roy is a military-combat model built to kill. He is fast, intelligent, and skilled in combat — no different from our U.S. Special Operations warriors.
Six of the replicants decide to revolt and Roy rallies his squad to return to Earth, seeking out their genius human creator Tyrell, who is in a sense God, in order to extend their expiration date. They know that they do not want to die.
Special police operatives known as “Blade Runners” are dispatched to hunt them down and kill them. In the movie, Harrison Ford plays a worn-out, retired Blade Runner named Deckard. Deckard locates Roy but ends up being outmatched, playing in a cat and mouse game. At the conclusion of the movie, Deckard attempts to kill Roy after a chase which takes place in the Ray Bradbury building complex. Roy flees and jumps across two building rooftops with Deckard in pursuit.Advertising
Deckard jumps from the same rooftop and slips. It is at this moment that Roy pulls Deckard to safety. He chooses to let the Blade Runner live, all while knowing that he will shut down and die. Roy saves the life of the man dispatched to kill him. Roy begins to shut down, but not before unleashing a touching and totally profound monologue about losing all of his memories, which speaks much on the brevity of life:
“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.”
— Replicant Roy Batty
In Blade Runner, all Roy Batty wants to do is live longer. Haven’t all human beings shared his sentiment? Roy is a mechanical construct that isn’t human. Yet in his “dying” moments, this replicant seems to find humanity by showing empathy for Deckard. Roy transcends himself by using his precious last seconds to save someone else. How odd then, if this movie were based in reality, that a machine could love more than some men can. By the end of the movie, Roy has saved someone, acknowledged that he is going to die (power shutting off), learned to accept it, and in doing so becomes “human.”
Roy begins his journey as one of Carl Gustav Jung’s archetypes. The hero archetype is also known by names such as the soldier, crusader, fighter, or the warrior. Jungian psychologist Robert Moore and mythologist Douglas Gillette distilled Jung’s archetypes into four types known, as the King, Warrior, Magician, Lover. For a hero to become a warrior, he must move from immature masculinity to mature masculinity. In a nutshell, and in geekspeak, it is the difference between a fighter such as Luke Skywalker the hot-head and Obi Wan-Kenobi the warrior master; youth works for itself while adulthood works for others.
What we know of Roy is he’s a powerhouse and his domain is the battlefield. His purpose is to kill and he does it well. Roy, in the most basic sense, is a man of action rather than a man of thought. As a fighter, he acts as fighters should — with swift and forceful action.
A young hero can progress into something higher. Military indoctrination (in Roy’s case, it is programming), increased conditioning, and further experience can make a fighter a master over himself. The archetypical hero seeks out likeminded brothers and sisters who will fight as he does. Thinking is the enemy of the hero archetype because it inhibits him from acting swiftly and forcefully.
Yet, a fighter that is all action and does very little thinking is nothing more than a drone programmed to kill. In order to advance from fighter to warrior, a fighter must mature and become something greater. How does a fighter arrive at this place of enlightenment and mastery over himself?
Men Not Machines
Humans are not machines. Killing solely to kill is done by beasts and not by humans. Humans are far more complex than that and they have the ability to be introspective. Certainly discipline keeps the fighter rooted in their skillfulness, but to advance beyond the armor, that shell of protection, means they must look within their body and into their heart. The heart is where a warrior keeps patience, selflessness, love, courage, humility, and compassion, among many virtuous things. Warriors without empathy for others are simply machines without emotions; they are an empty construct that is no different from a wrecking ball. But thinking too deeply can paralyze a person until they can’t accomplish a thing. One side of the house is action and the other side is paralysis. A master has learned balance — when to act and when to sit still.
The internet is populated with millions of memes from social media users insisting that people get off their butts and “Live Your Life,” “Get Some,” or “Carpe Diem.” If someone knew the exact time of their death, would they really bother to seize the day? The writer Anatole France believed that most men are stuck living in a bourgeois compromise where they do not live fulfilling lives and don’t know how to get out of this cycle. Eat, sleep, dream, eat, sleep, dream…Advertising
“We do not know what to do with this short life, yet we yearn for another that will be eternal.”
What is Your Purpose? Define It
If men could live forever, then what kind of life would they envisage for themselves? Wouldn’t it be hell to live forever and at the same time lack a plan for life? Why should anyone need more time?
Henry David Thoreau wanted to escape from the human condition. He disliked the perpetual cycle of waking, working, and sleeping, and so he went to the woods, as he said, “to live deliberately and front only the essential facts of life.” Thoreau wanted to see if he could learn what it had to teach, and not when it came time to die, discover that he hadn’t lived.
The existential living that Thoreau partook of isn’t something everyone can do. This is not because people aren’t willing to, indeed some at their deepest emotional root just do not care, but pondering meaning often means rejecting a certain amount of responsibility. Not all people are as sensitive in nature as Thoreau, or T.E. Lawrence or T.S. Elliot for that matter. Not only were these men thinkers but they were also producers. Not all thinkers are producers. These men were the Magician archetype — they wrote books, plays, philosophies, and were intellectual powerhouses that tapped into human sublimity. Some thinkers of their ilk were often stuck in contemplating philosophies far too much and needed some type of “absurdity” to shake them out of it. What was the absurdity they needed?
Many people yearn to feel alive and escape the life of mowing lawns and going bowling. Is there something “off” about wanting to get out of a simple life? There’s nothing wrong at all with living a sedate life, for in fact many amazing warfighters have come home to retire in peace and raise families, write books, tend gardens, and do other things that bring healing.
So, the issue isn’t that these people have stopped “living.” I propose they understand something that Roy Batty finally understood before he “died.” They understand the intrinsic value of life. I also believe those who have seen some dying are rooted even deeper in appreciating life. Those who feel stuck are feeling a discordance between what they want and what they need. They haven’t really parsed their life down to the bare essentials to find out their purpose in life. Thoreau made the attempt to strip away everything so he was in constant contemplation and reflection so as to live purely.
The reality is that many people stop living and end up spiritually dying. How did this happen? What do warfighters keenly know that many don’t? Philosopher Soren Kierkegaard felt the world had lost its passion.
“Let others complain that the age is wicked; my complaint is that it is wretched, for it lacks passion…men’s thoughts are too paltry to be sinful. For a worm, it might be regarded as a sin to harbour such thoughts, but not for a being made in the image of God.”
How then to get to this place of passion? Death seems to be the great equalizer. It seems to be the “kick in the pants,” the absurdity that for a moment removes sense from the world and injects incomprehension into it.
Death and Meaning
Death takes away great men and weak men alike and does so without prejudice. It strips away all pretensions until the true nature of a person is revealed. If they can use the pain wisely, then they can produce something noble. If they are weak, then they will create only pain. If they can survive this brush with death or the death of a friend, they might regenerate their energy and become something better.Advertising
Death compels thinkers and fighters into motion and forces them to do something, anything, in order to stop them from feeling pain and discomfort, and this is where the learning begins. Contemplation on the worthiness of life seems to bring compassion for others.
Roy Batty, interstellar killing-machine extraordinaire, is humbled in the last few minutes of his life and he realizes that he doesn’t want to die alone. We know this because he tells Deckard how much he has seen in the universe. We know that when someone dies that they are never coming back. It is such a terrible thing to lose someone. But if Roy can share a moment of his life with Deckard, he will have passed along his history.
The legend of Thermopylae, as told by Herodotus, has it that the Spartans indulged in calisthenics and combed their long hair before battle. The Spartans created rituals in order to be closest to the thought and feeling of dying. Ecclesiastes mentions that it is better to feel loss than it is to celebrate joy because those who feel sorrow can learn by its presence.
“It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.”
— Ecclesiastes 7:2
Death seems to initiate empathy. It seem to be the thing that allows us to get out of the mental constructs we build into our minds. Death is a truth that simply cuts away at illusions and forces us to think more humanely. Like living, dying is a natural and unavoidable process, and it can allow us to transcend our simple life — if just for a brief moment. If we use that moment honestly, then we can become more mature than we can comprehend.
Our family, our society, our unit, our customs, our tribe tells us who we are or should be. One of the hardest things in the world is to be ourselves. Death opens a door where there are no longer any pretensions to keep up. The fighter is bare. They see the world for what it is. Life is precious and the dead need to be honored. They transcend from fighter to warrior. Roy Batty transcends from machine to human. Both mature and become anew.
Honor and Rituals are Important
Honoring the dying can be done through rituals. Rituals not only helps warriors express their deepest thoughts and feelings about the most important events in their life but they celebrate the lives of the fallen as well. Rituals like baptisms, weddings, birthdays, and funerals help us to honor others. One of the greatest things a warrior can do is to have reverence for the dead.
These rituals for the fallen help a warrior acknowledge the reality of life and death and opens them up to expressing joy or grief. In Robert Bly’s book Iron John, a fighter mourning the loss of a fallen friend would sit in an ash heap. The rest of the tribe ignored the troubled warrior, who smothered himself in gray, and let him grieve. When the warrior was done mourning, he would then rejoin his tribe.
Those who do not have a fallen brother or sister should find a way to honor others. Doing this will surely help one grow into a warrior; this is something our warfighters know and the character Roy Batty knows too; life is worth living and is not to be wasted. Those who want to honor the dead can go to military memorials or law enforcement funerals to pay their respects.Advertising
Acknowledging death allows a fighter to accept the reality of death and all the things life stands for. Roy does just this as his internal countdown begins. Acknowledging death allows a fighter to accept the facts and the finality of death (whether his or another’s). It spares no one. Better to be with others than alone. If a fighter can do this, then they grow as a person.
Understanding death allows one to understand life. Understanding death means not trying to intellectualize what is happening. A fighter embraces the pain and loss of a friend or of their own imminent loss of life.
Remembering what’s been lost allows them to learn what has been gained. It means recalling the good and bad times; all of the experiences come flooding back. Roy has no one but Deckard to share his story with. Roy begins to recount the things he has done and imparts a portion of his life on Deckard. Going to a memorial is a way to preserve the memory of the dead. Reading the history of the fallen allows the fighter to be imbued with the sparkle of life of those that perished. The person performing the ritual becomes deeply affected by feelings.
Experiencing the feelings allows the fighter to begin anew and become something different. It allows the fighter to ask questions:
What is the meaning of life? Why did this person die? What value can I provide in this world? Why was a good person taken? How can I learn from this? Did I learn from this? What will become of my life? Now what?
If one is honest and sincere with their feelings, they can regenerate. They recover and begin anew. If they die, they pass onto greater things. Til Valhalla, so they say.
I believe if the fighter is honest, they will learn who they are and what they can become. They can state, “This is who I am, this is what I believe, this is how I intend to live my life.”
We all die. No one has a choice in that matter, but we all have a choice in how we live. Don’t waste life on petty things.
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Last Updated on October 24, 2019
25 Quick and Healthy Lunch Ideas for Work
Have you ever had those moments where you are running out the door and suddenly you realize you forgot to pack a lunch… again!
Let me paint a picture for you, and you can tell me if it sounds familiar or not.
8:45: Oops… forgot to make breakfast! You grab a granola bar and head out.
10:00 You feel a crash coming on. Time for a coffee!
3:00 You lost track of time. You are STARVING! You gorge yourself on the nearest fast food joint you can find. The day begins to trickle by again. You snag a few more coffees, sodas, and a couple candy bars to hold you over as your energy begins to crash and stress takes over.
8:00- Feeling ravenous again!! You gorge yourself on Pizza. A well-deserved treat.
12:00- The hunger begins to strike again. You try to muster up the willpower to keep you from running to the fridge.
Look, if that scenario at all hit home, then you are not in good company. Working as a fitness professional has really taught me quite a few things: one of them being just how bent our modern culture is towards an unhealthy lifestyle. Convenience is key in our society. While that can produce a productive and fullfililng life in some instances, I have also seen some side effects. I see the people who feel like they are dragging through each day, hoping to find the balance between a successful career, thriving relationships, and abundant health!
Here is the good news: there is an answer. If you are one of those people struggling to make a change in their life, then it’s time to blend convenience with health!
I have found some of the best quick and healthy meals for you to life your busy life and feel amazingly healthy at the same time! Here are my top 25 meals that you can bring to work!
1. Hummus Collard Wraps
I absolutely love collard wraps! And for good reason. For one, they are so fresh and satisfying that you will feel like the healthiest person alive. Second, they are extremely easy to make and pack. Third, they taste delicious!
Trust me, if you really want to get a health kick started strong, a collard wrap is the way to do it!
2. Mediterranean Chickpea Quinoa Bowl
Even the word mediterranean peaks my cravings for a healthy meal! This quinoa bowl is nutrient dense and will leave you satiated with it’s high amounts of fiber. You can meal prep these for the week and have a week’s worth of lunches in about 30 minutes.
3. Sheet Pan Sausage and Veggies Bowl
Sheet pan meals are an absolute favorite of mine! It’s as simple as a pop in the oven and you’re all set. These meal prep bowls are going to be a definite favorite for you. You’ll feel like you’re eating a gourmet meal without spending hours in the kitchen.
4. Keto Proscuitto Egg Cups
Are you jumping on the keto bandwagon? Then these egg cups are definitely for you! The high protein and satiating fats will keep your cravings at bay. You’ll forget how healthy you are even eating with this keeper of a recipe.
5. Low-Carb Pad Thai
Have you tried Shiritake noodles yet? If not, you definitely should! These impressive noodles are made primarily of a specific type of yam soaked in water. The end product is a delicious 0-calorie noodle.
Pad Thai has long been a favorite of mine, and these noodles make it possible to keep my blood sugar balanced while enjoying an old time favorite. Definitely give it a shot!
6. Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Peppers
These chicken enchilada stuffed peppers pack a good serving of nutrients and protein while making meal prep simple. The great thing is, packing it is simple and reheating the meal is not a problem. Definitely add this amazing meal to your meal prep list.
7. Poke Bowl
Have you jumped on the Poke Bowl bandwagon? If not, you are about to discover a new favorite! Picture sushi in a bowl. This incredible is perfect for a day of relaxing.
8. Chicken Hummus Sushirrito
If you are wondering what on earth a sushirrito is, then let me help you out, it’s a blend between a burrito and sushi. Of course, this one takes on a bit of a twist.
To make meal preps super easy, it is loaded with sprouts, chicken, hummus, and veggies. The preparation literally takes minutes, and it’s a fun new twist if you find yourself getting bored of salads.
9. Skillet Pizza
Guess what? Pizza isn’t completely off the menu! This Pizza has tortillas used as the base, meaning you cut the carb while still curbing that craving. Not only that, but it is extremely simple to make. Meal prep or cheat meal? I’d say it’s the best of both combined!
10. Bento Boxes
These lunches were originally invented in Japan and are basically the equivallent of an American lunch bag. Since then, it has become an American favorite and can be filled with just about any filler you crave. From Mediteranean to American, these boxes are sure to be a favorite, especially for meals on the go!
11. Salad in a Jar
Salad in a Jar is nothing new, but it’s a classic that we all should come back to when we get stuck in a health rut. These salads are extremely easy to prep, and even easier to pack.
Grab a variety of veggies and toppings, stack them in a jar, and create varied editions of veggie-packed meals for every day of the week. You’ll be feeling fresh and ready for a new lifestyle!
12. Chicken and Avocado Burritos
Who doesn’t love a good burrito? With this delicious lunch, you get all the pros without the cons of feeling heavy and bloated all day. Easy to pack? Yep. Delicious? You betcha! Filling? Definitely! Looks like we found ourselves a winner!
13. Chia Pudding
This meal has a rap for being a breakfast food, but it happens to make an incredible lunch as well. This meal is perfect for those with a sweet tooth! Another pro? It’s unbelievably easy to throw together. All it takes is 5 minutes the day before, and you’re set for a healthy lunch tomorrow.
14. Avocado Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Lettuce Wraps have been a long time favorite of mine. They leave you feeling so fresh, satiated, and balanced.
With all that protein packed into one meal, you don’t have to worry about getting a carb crash a couple hours after. Plus, it will keep you full throughout the day. Add this one to your lunch list. You will be glad you did!
15. Vietnamese Spring Rolls
If you have ever been to a Vietnamese restaurant, then you have likely seen these on the menu.
While Spring Rolls taste fresh and light, they somehow pack a deliciously satisfying punch. With this peanut sauce paired with fresh rolls, you won’t second guess trying out this “healthy living thing”. You’ll feel more cultured than ever!
16. Egg Roll In a Bowl
If you love Egg Rolls, you will love these egg rolls in a bowl. Perfect for a meal on the go, this lunch will satisfy you with an ethnic twist!
17. Fajita Burrito Bowl
If you have ever been to Chipotle, then you probably know what I’m talking about here! Burrito bowls are basically just that… a burrito in a bowl! You’ll get the amazing flavors of a burrito but without the mess. It’s easier to pack. Easier to eat. And all out delicious! I’d say it’s a pretty easy meal with plenty of health benefits! Give it a shot and I think you’ll find you enjoy it!
18. Basil Capri Salad
This Salad is definitely one to add to your list. The fiber will keep you full while the basil leaves a fresh sensation for you. It’s a meal that is zesty, fresh, and fun!
19. Mediterranean Buddha Bowl
Something about this zesty blend of food makes my taste buds water. This Buddha bowl combines the flavorful tang of hummus with a hearty blend of roasted vegetables.
20. Chicken Sushi Bowl
If you’re not one for raw fish, then a chicken sushi bowl might be just the option for you.
Unlike Poke Bowls, this lunch is made from chicken that still packs a powerful flavor. It could save you an extra trip to the grocery store and give you the same satisfying flavor. Plus, the rice in this meal can be subbed out for cauliflower rice making it an instant Keto and Paleo favorite!
21. Black Bean Quinoa Burritos
This meal is amazing for a quick, throw-in-the-fridge type of meal. These are a great option for vegetarians who want a meal on the go. Not only are these burritos easy to make, but they are incredibly easy to store as well. Just toss them in the freezer and grab them before you leave for the day!
22. Garlic Butter Shrimp Zuchinni Noodles
If you haven’t heard about veggie noodles yet, then it’s time you learn! Veggie noodles are an incredibly fun and delicious way to transform regular vegetables into your favorite pasta dish. These garlic butter shrimp pasta might just have you drooling before you even take your first bite.
23. Zucchini Lasagna
I know, first turning zucchini into pasta and now lasagna? Where does it all end? I know it sounds crazy, but this dish is definitely one to try. In fact, I tried making one a while back and my husband loved it, even better than the original one I made for him. As it turns out, you don’t need high starch noodles to create incredible Italian dishes! These substitutes will do the job just fine.
24. Vegan Curry- Spiced Sweet Potato Burgers
If you are planning on going more plant based, then I applaud you! Adding extra plant-based foods to your diet is an excellent way to feel amazing and boost your nutrients!
Of course, there’s no need to stick to a salad-only diet. If you get a little creative, you will find all sorts of amazing recipes to try. These Sweet Potato Burgers will help you along your journey by keeping lunch fun and delicious!
25. Vegetarian Fajitas
Here’s another great recipe for those transitioning to plant-based. Fajitas are easy to make, easy to pack, and delicious to eat. All you need to do is bring your lunch, heat it in the microwave, and enjoy a delicious meal!
Bonus Tips to Make Lunches Easier
- Find one day to meal prep. It makes life so much easier if you can have all of your food ready in one day. Occasionally, when I’m feeling more spontaneous, I’ll meal prep just the ingredients to make easy meals the day of!
- Find a few good staples that fit your lifestyle in the best way possible.
- Try some of the below meals for a quick and easy lunch:
- One pan recipes
- Rice bowls
- Lettuce wraps
More Healthy Recipes
- 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go
- 20 Healthy Eating Recipes Even the Pickiest People Will Love
- 25 Easy Fast Healthy Dinner Recipes to Try (And Go Paleo) This Week
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