Kindness, compassion, giving. These are topics I have blogged about on many occasions and no doubt I will continue to blog about. With that in mind, I came across the following quote from the rap superstar and Kardashian marrying Kanye West, where he talks about giving to others in order to be happy:
One time I was at the dentist’s office and I was given nitrous gas and I was vibing out — I guess that’s my version of Steve Jobs and his LSD trip — when I had this first thought: What is the meaning of life? And then I thought, To give. What’s the key to happiness? Happiness. What do you want in life? When you give someone something, should they give you something in return? No. We don’t have to expect to be compensated by the person we give to. Just give. I’m a Christian so I’ll speak in Christian terms: God will give you tenfold. Then I said in my mind — I’m still under the gas and getting my teeth cleaned — But I just want to be remembered. And I immediately corrected myself. I said, It doesn’t even matter if I’m remembered. I came out of the gas and had a completely new attitude on everything. It’s fine to not get credit for everything; it’s almost better. For the amount of things that I really want to do, it can only work if I’m credited for about 20 percent of them. Because if I’m really credited for the amount of things that I’m going to do and what I want to do, it’s just too much. The reward is in the deed itself. The times that I’ve looked like a crazy person — when I was screaming at an interviewer or screaming from the stage — all I was screaming was, “Help me to help more! I’ve given all I’ve got. I’ve gone into fucking debt. It’s all I’ve got to give. But if I had a little bit more opportunity, I could give so much more.” That’s what I was screaming for. Help me to help more. – Kanye West, from an interview with papermag.com
Interestingly enough, Russell Brand recently made similar comments on the Jonathon Ross Show (March 2015), saying that he was not really getting any real happiness from his extravagant lifestyle, and that giving back was the only real way he was finding true happiness, which is why he opened up the Trew Era Café in London.
In the earlier quote above Kanye mentions happiness, which reminded me of something I have mentioned before…
The illusion of happiness is saying that if I just satisfy myself, I’ll be happy. Real happiness is actually in serving others, what in philosophy is called the Hedonistic principle. The way we are designed is that we feel good about helping other people but the nafs is there to prevent that. The nafs, shaytaan, desire and dunya are the enemies of humans and are there to prevent that. – from a lecture by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf (taken from http://habeeba-asghar.tumblr.com/)
I also came across a quote where Kanye shares his views on the outdated concept of racism. Hope it makes more sense to you that it does to me:
Racism is a dated concept. It’s like a silly concept that people try to touch on to either…to separate, to alienate, to pinpoint anything. It’s stupid. It’s like a bouncing ball in a room with two cats, or something, when you don’t feel like playing with a cat. Let them literally fight over the bouncing ball. And the bouncing ball has nothing, no purpose, anything other than that: It bounces. That’s racism. It’s not an actual thing that even means anything. – Kanye West