Is the glass half empty or half full?
Okay, I hate that question, but I’m sure you all know what I’m getting at. Our outlook on life is so critical to how we live our lives. Sometimes its easier to look at everything that is wrong with our lives, and we tend to drown in our problems instead of embracing the joys of our lives. Most of the time we can get away with this, but in Pi’s case, it was a matter of life and death.
The first half of Life of Pi talking about Pi’s devotion to multiple religions, and you see how this contributes to the majority of his survival on the life raft. Pi is filled with such belief and hope that there is something greater that has control of his destiny, and that there was nothing more he could do than fight day to day. He saw everything around his as tools as opposed to threats and he was determined to live for his family, and live for God. And the important thing was that this was enough for him. He didn’t need any other bribe other that his love for life. To keep that kind of outlook in a situation so bleak is remarkable, and that is what makes Pi unique.
There is one really interesting part in the book when Pi comes the closer to death than he has ever been. He lies on the life boat and mentally gives up. And once that happened, you can see how close he actually gets to dying. He lost his will to fight, and I could understand that. Everyone gets tired of fighting, and sometimes you feel like there is nothing more you can do. And if there is something greater out there, they definitely saw Pi’s courage and devotion and gave him the second chance that he deserved.
Time get hard, situations get old and belief withers away. But if you can see past that, if you can open your eyes enough to look at your problems head on, then don’t be worried – everything will be okay.