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5 Things I Cannot Live Without

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~Vegan, childfree, a lover of nature and wildlife, an avid listener of philosophical ideas~

Nature's grandeur visible on clear days at the Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand, India

Nature's grandeur visible on clear days at the Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand, India

Have you been asked to name the five things you cannot live without? If not, I am asking you now! What comes to your mind?

I was asked once and, believe me, I couldn't answer immediately. I was confused and didn't know exactly what to say. It was as if no matter how clear the question was I couldn't grasp it. It seemed like the answers were easy but actually not. It took me time. I pondered and thought to myself, "Yeah, what are the things I cannot live without? What are these five things I value the most in my life?" So, I really thought hard. I recalled. I imagined. I assessed. I figured out everything about my life and I found these answers:

1. Freedom

I imagined myself being a bird trapped in a 2x2x3 feet cage and I detested it. I wanted to escape. I wanted a wider space to roam around. I wanted to fly low and high. I wanted to see what's out there beyond the visibility of my cage. I wanted to be free. Yes! Free to do what I am capable of without causing harm or trouble to anyone. I wanted to be in a place where everyone values each other's liberty, where everyone is happy to just see that I am happy doing the things I wanted to do. I wanted to be in a situation where nobody holds me from making me do the things I used to do.

Freedom means a lot to all of both humans and animals! We need to possess it; otherwise, we will revolt for it. We will fight for it.

I have it. What about you? What does freedom mean to you?

2. Love

Love, for me, means showing care and concern to another person. It is the kindness, compassion, and affection that we show to any other being. It is getting involved with someone's life and getting the same in return. It speaks out for justice and empathy. It protests when harm is being done.

But this love is something that is NOT exclusive to one person, like your husband or wife, or child. It is not exclusive to one group of people like your friends, relatives or family circle. This love embodies even the stranger. It is the kind which advocates what Christ wanted to, "Love your neighbor as you love yourself." Thus, this love knows that we are all interconnected, thus treats the "others/strangers" as oneself and never acting or wishing ill-will upon them.

And this love does not end in showing affection to the human population. It extends to non-human animals as well, for as human beings who can do something more and better gives us the choice to choose to be more compassionate, more affectionate, more intelligent and more kind to the other creatures and living things that share this only planet with us. It values the right of others to be here on earth, thus, it never deliberately inflicts harm, agony or pain. It always wants to do good.

Love, therefore, is not selective. So when you say you love, you've got to assess what kind of love it is or is it even love that you feel? For if your love is only for the few, it isn't love at all!

This is the kind of love I cannot live without. What about you?

3. Nature

Forests and wildlife, valleys and mountains, oceans and seas, rivers and streams, skies and stars, trees, bushes, grasses and flowers, I would never trade them for buildings and all the other man-made creations in the world. I have realized that I am part of it. I am one of the tiny things that mostly benefit from all the wonders it provides. And I am not stupid to think that I am bigger than what it is. I have accepted that nature is undoubtedly indifferent. It does not care if it nurtures or destructs, protects or harms. It does what it wants, when it wants, where it wants, how it wants.

I can also clearly see that it CAN exist without me, or you or any other being but I know that I, or you CANNOT exist without it. So I promised myself to live a life that is always in harmony with nature.

How about you?

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4. Knowledge

One time I was told that too much knowledge is dangerous and I strongly disagreed. Knowledge is infinite, so we can never know when it gets too much (if there is a thing like "too much"). But there is only a little or half knowledge and negative knowledge.

It is little knowledge when a person is satisfied with getting half-information about something, like being fine with knowing that a river could be dangerous without asking "why" it could be dangerous or holding an unquestioned belief because an authority says so.

It is negative knowledge when a person still continues to believe in something which has been proven wrong, like believing the earth is flat when it is not.

These are far more dangerous than having too much of knowledge.

Knowledge is power. What you do about it matters the most. And the more knowledge one has the more confident he/she gets to face whatever there is to face in life. And I would rather have much knowledge than have none or a little of it. You?

Imagination makes things possible.

Imagination makes things possible.

5. Imagination

What works faster than lightning?


A person can be in his usual place but when his mind or imagination works it can take him wherever he wants to go. It can make him do whatever he wants to do.

Batman, Superman, and Spiderman were born because one has imagined a superhero who would save the oppressed ones from their oppressors and protect the good guys from the bad guys. They are not real, for sure, but these products of imagination have entertained millions of people all over the world. Can we blame our imagination?

One is able to cope with depression or loneliness because of imagination. Another could be happy talking to her teddy bears, giving them names and characters and making stories about her and her bears. Fun, isn't it?

Then a guy has imagined a bomb, made it and used it. This is the other side of imagination. It is not pure good. It has a dark side of its own and who uses it, how he's going to use it makes a big difference.

So like everything else in life, there is always good and bad, boon and bane. There is nowhere on earth where we can find a place that is inhabited by only good people doing all good. But what makes a man a man? I would rather say it is the choices he makes. And one of these choices is to choose to do good and better things out of his imagination. What do you say?

So, there they are -the five things I cannot live without.

How about yours?


Ramilyn (author) from India on September 16, 2015:

@Rekha Anand, you are right! We can live without material things, we just seem to think that we can't because of habits. I'm glad you had a nice time reading this hub. Thank you!

@Adrien Richards, thank you!

Adrien on September 16, 2015:

beautiful, thanks

REKHA ANAND on August 21, 2013:

hi..this is really a thought provoking hub. Most of the time we run after materialistic things. If we really think over we can live without materialistic things but can't live without the precious things mentioned in your hub. nice reading experience..

Ramilyn (author) from India on August 01, 2013:

Hi Denise, I am glad my list is giving you the opportunity to ponder your own list. Hope to read yours anytime soon. Thanks a lot for the votes.

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on August 01, 2013:

This is a beautiful and thought provoking hub. When I first read the title I immediately thought of 'material' objects. I was surprised, and delighted, when your hubs were about ideals and values. I loved your list. This hub gives me an opportunity to ponder my own list of five. Thanks for sharing. UP/U/I/A/B and sharing.

Ramilyn (author) from India on July 25, 2013:

Hey Savvydating, thank you for your comment. I also believe they are the most important things in one's life which affect/benefit others lives greatly!

savvydating on July 25, 2013:

You hit the nail on the head. Frankly, I don't know that there is anything else to add, as the five things you mentioned are all-important; they work together beautifully to create wholeness in one's life, as well as the drive and ability to create actual things, like computers, houses, and infrastructure.

An interesting and astute summary of what's important in life!

Ramilyn (author) from India on July 23, 2013:

Sure...and maybe one day I'll find that hub of yours in here! Lol...

Thanks for the feedback, CrisSp!

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on July 23, 2013:

I think I do not have my ready answer at the moment but will have to think about it...One thing is for sure now a days though, I can't live without my cellphone and without an internet. Lol!

Kidding aside, good stuff in this hub. Way to go and goodluck!

Ramilyn (author) from India on May 18, 2013:

Thanks for dropping by, sharing and voting this hub up Kasman. Certainly everyone has his/her own "things" he/she cannot live without.

I am happy this hub makes you reflective!

Kas from Bartlett, Tennessee on May 18, 2013:

Greatly deep hub in such a small amount of words! For me, Almighty God because from him, all things come.....freedom, love....and many others. He has to be first for me. He gave me freedom years ago from the cage I was in of my faults and sin. My wife and child are next definitely, and the rest of it I have to think about.

You see? You made me deeply reflective, and for that you're getting voted up and shared and face booked! Great job!

Ramilyn (author) from India on October 22, 2012:

Hello, PurvisBobbi44 - Thanks for dropping by and appreciating this hub! It really feels great to know that readers, like you, found this hub enjoyable to read.

I experienced the same with you while browsing your hubs. India experiences more than just 10 minutes power cut every day, which is very frustrating because it happens not just once but many times a day-unscheduled!

Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on October 22, 2012:


I had started a message to you when I followed you back and the electricity went off for ten minutes---probably a brown out.

However, I enjoyed your hub it was beautiful and profound.

Bobbi Purvis

Stacy Harris from Hemet, Ca on October 09, 2012:

Intersesting hub. For me... I know I can't live without family... they are the most important thing for me. But you hit it on the nose when you said you had to sit and think about this for awhile.

Ramilyn (author) from India on September 21, 2012:

Thanks, Chin chin! Faith would be one thing for most religious people. Will be looking forward to your "5 Things", too!

Hubnuggets was fun. I really enjoyed it...didn't know it was there! Huh! Got to go around here to get more familiar with Hubpages...

Ramilyn (author) from India on September 21, 2012:

Marie Flint, thank you so much for reading through this. I often think how to write articles that are short but still informative and effective considering not all readers have much time to read long ones. I'll keep your suggestion in mind, might try next time!

Thanks a lot for the "10"...10 out of 10, right? :-)

Chin chin from Philippines on September 21, 2012:

I agree that I also can't live without these things. May I add that I also can't live without faith because it is one thing that connects me to my Creator. A very nice hub, astralrose. Congrats for being nominated in the HubNuggets.

Marie Flint from Jacksonville, FL USA on September 20, 2012:

Astral Rose, you have written a very thought-provoking article. I would give the substance rating a "10." It's nice to know there are kindred spirits in this world. As for nature, it is a reflection of us--our wants, feelings, etc. There is a matter of mass consciousness, the collective consciousness of the human race. As individuals, we often inadvertently dwell on negatives without much thought about the consequences. And so, we have storms, earthquakes, and so forth. As we evolve to a heavenly state, our environment will begin to reflect that beauty and calm. Knowledge is a precursor to wisdom. I agree with you that we can't have "too much." It has often been said that the average thinker only uses about ten percent of his brain.

If I were to make any changes to this article, I'd probably save all the "what about you" phrases for the very end and simply pose the question at the very end, as you have done. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings. The image of the bird in the cage was very effective!

Ramilyn (author) from India on September 19, 2012:

Thank you, Angel4967!

Cindy Pierre from Nevada on September 19, 2012:

Great answers, well thought out!

Ramilyn (author) from India on September 18, 2012:

Thank you Irvinetraveller! I never noticed I have writing style though I always thought of ways to improve it better :-)

irvinetraveller from California on September 18, 2012:

You have a nice writing style and I look forward to reading more of your Hubs.

Ramilyn (author) from India on September 16, 2012:

It feels good to know you, too, like this hub, Pamela99. Thanks a lot!

Moonlake, family is another thing but I think they fall in love. Thanks for voting it up!

moonlake from America on September 16, 2012:

I agree these are the five things I could not live with out. I think I would have add family. Great hub voted up.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 16, 2012:

I agree that each of these things are very important. I really enjoyed your hub and think it is very nicely done.

Ramilyn (author) from India on September 15, 2012:

Exactly, Pstraubie48! It would be great if you could list yours, too! Be glad to read it.


Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on September 15, 2012:

Five great choices. This was interesting form beginning to end. It would be a good idea for each of us to make our own personal list so that we are reminded of the treasures we have.

Ramilyn (author) from India on August 29, 2012:

Victoria Lynn-Thanks for your votes. You're the first!

Blond Logic- You are right! I have read many articles with the same title but most are on the materialistic side including winning the lottery, huh! Thanks!

Mary Wickison from USA on August 28, 2012:

Thank you Victoria Lynn for sharing this.


I paused before I started to read your choices. I too couldn't think of 5 immediately, they were too materialistic, too shallow. The type of thoughts one has when they dream of winning the lottery.

Your choices are perfect.

Wonderful read, thank you.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on August 28, 2012:

Those are 5 great things! Well done! Voted up and everything but funny. Sharing with followers, too!

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