The “Big Four” significant questions one asks to start getting ones life in Order are: Where are you now? Where are you going? How are you going to get there? What are you going to do once you get there? A crude and yet somewhat useful way of assessing all that is within this ‘big picture’ is the Bicycle Concept. Today’s bicycles (bi, two + cycle = circle or wheel) are two equal sized wheeled vehicles, propelled by Riders pushing feet on the pedals—while sitting on one part of the frame, holding the handlebars. Foot ‘push-power’ goes through the cranks, chain, and two sprockets to the rear wheel so as to make the bicycle go forward. This is similar to humans’ Will Power fashioning their Static Background Philosophy of Life (POL) in order to enable their Dynamic Foreground (front wheel) daily living activities to make turns. Whereas the back wheel has all the powering “mechanisms,” the front wheel is free to steer. Similarly, the in-most boundless light of Reality within humans—equivalent to the back wheel’s ‘mechanisms’—provide Unconditional Love. It’s illumination is the ultimate, underlying, and unifying force of Life,connecting/interpenetrating all Entities + all Cosmic multi-dimensional systems–together, contributing to African Tradition’s POL. That POL powers humans’ boundless Lifestyle dimensions of Beauty, Goodness, Happiness, Wellness, Perfection, Universal Wisdom, Divine Consciousness, and Natural Order. As pertains to humans involved, bicycle Riders’ entire bodies and the POL must be resilient since, without that “give,” all bumps or roughness in the road would worsen the entire situation. Having been knocked or pushed out of its normal ‘straight ahead’ course, the “give” in ones vehicle enhances a quick recovery. This is like railroad tracks “bending” under the weight of a train but then springs back after the weight passes—and never breaking in the process. Many queer-looking two-wheeled balancing machines were built in the 1600s. Then, innovations were added before and after the modern bicycle appeared in 1839. Despite having a ‘right’ idea, they were quite flawed. This equates to ones POL following methods of warriors whose idea of gods reflected the fantasy of how they saw themselves.
Let us say today’s two equal sized wheeled “Safety” bicycle (1879) is “Natural” and thus equates to African Tradition’s POL. Thus, any variations are problematic. A pertinent 1880s idea was a bicycle would go faster if the front wheel was bigger. Some had front ‘high-wheelers’–as tall as a man, with associated very small back wheels—a combination making it hard to mount and to balance. Tricycles for ladies and the elderly or staid came in 1876; then the “drop-frame” design for women in 1884. Subsequent improvements came quickly—e.g. air-filled rubber tires, free wheels, better brakes and lighting, comfort saddle and leg room designs, ball bearings, lighter frames, coaster brakes, speed gears (1889), & bicycles built for 2 to 4 Riders. Next were Motorcycles, bicycles driven by automobile-type small engines, followed by Motor Scooters, driven by very simple gasoline engines. For the most part, automobiles displaced bicycles, particularly by 1914. Technologists still tout bicycles and motorcycles’ benefits—like being a good means of transportation; keeping Riders “free as the wind”; not adding to air pollution or noise problems; giving thrills of “Daring”; and keeping physically fit. However, they by-pass saying anything about the dangers. Such was “up close and personal” when, as an Orthopaedic Surgeon, I was responsible for the management of a huge ward filled with paraplegic and quadriplegic “Riders” who muddled their “Big Four” questions.
The point: the most significant self-planning for life’s “Big Four” answers is what one chooses as ones Life’s Destiny. It requires determining how to get to that Legacy Destination from where one presently is. One must know what Desires to give up + know that the “I am” is not what has happened to oneself but “what I choose to become”. All in ones ‘now’ life reflects a choice one has previously made. If one desires to have different results, one must make different choices. All of this is within the context of realizing that Life’s Meaning is to find ones gift (i.e. ones Talent) + engaging in ones Life’s Purpose is to dedicate gift-giving to be what is needed by the “ME/WE”. Thought within the context of the Spiritual Elements of Unconditional Love, Truth, Reality, and the Natural is vital to choose all ingredients and get Order. These fashion ones character and lifestyle. jabaileymd.com; JABLifeSkills; Theievoice.com