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“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” (LOTR)

In the 2007 film, “The Bucket List,” two men with terminal cancer go on a road trip to fulfill their last wishes before they “kick the bucket.” Their lists include such items as:  laugh till I cry, get a tattoo, kiss the most beautiful girl in the world, skydive, see Rome….

Ever since the film came out it’s been fashionable in LA to create “bucket lists,” and it’s still a fairly common practice to reference a bucket list when unusual things are attempted or completed. Recently, I called a girlfriend on her cell phone and unexpectedly found her in Buenos Aires at a tango club. “Tango in Argentina” was on her bucket list. 

Climbing Kilimanjaro?  It’s on the bucket list. 

Surfing Oahu’s North Shore in January? It’s on the bucket list. Skiing the mountains of Chile? On the list. 

Even High School students have bucket lists in Los Angeles. Movie marathon weekend on the hi-def flat-screen TV, in Mom and Dad’s Media Room? …bucket  list.  

To be honest, I don’t like these lists. The general assumption is that such lists are fun and fulfilling but the lists have no purpose outside material/personal gratification. They are all activity, no soul and despite the personal pleasure inherent in a wish list, “bucket lists” evoke drudgery for me. No sense of wonder, Mystery or Divine Providence, bucket lists are devoid of God, the invention of a secular, godless culture. 

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23 thoughts on “Thoughts on a Sunday Regarding Bucket Lists

  1. I’ll take a secular, godless culture every day of the week!

    I bow to nobody, especially not some imaginary sky-God.

  2. If you believe in some dude in Nike air sandals up above, you cannot laugh and coo and children who still believe in Santa Claus.

  3. Why bring religion into this. Many people find great solace comfort and joy through belief in God and many people can equally find fulfillment without such belief. It is arrogant and wrong for one side to decry the route to contentment that someone else takes.

  4. Bucket lists are perfectly reasonable for someone with a limited time to live. Why should they not take the chance to see some of the wonders of the world while they can?

    Only the most heartless god-botherers would object.

  5. It’s "arrogant and wrong" for me to explain why I find "bucket lists" empty? Please. I know it’s the pot calling the kettle black but tap down on the rhetoric, Colm.

  6. I might add, if we all have our own bucket lists in our heads, how long will it be before we have to disclose it from our nanny sate?


    ps, what time is the bony lit?

  7. I agree with Patty, lists are the product of a secular culture and have nothing to do with God. Take the Ten Commandments for example…..Oh my.

    P.S. There are about as many people atually making Bucket lists because of that movie as there are people sending their kids to Wizard Schools because of Harry Potter.

  8. Patty – Why should I tap down on the rhetoric ?. This is after all a comments thread.

  9. Colm: Because its ridiculous to claim that it is "arrogant and wrong" to have an opinion about a "bucket list."

  10. Religion may give solace and comfort for many, it is also the number one reason for unnatural death ever. It has brought equal amounts of pain and suffering. So please don’t tell me life is meaningless without faith.

  11. There is a slight difference between lists and divine instruction.

    Some crazy nut job disappears up a mountain and allegedly comes back with tablets of stone ingraved (with a list) and its divine instruction? Wasn’t there more than 10 commandments? This is the same book which claims some guy attacked a fortress and demolished its walls by blowing on it with magic trumpets (before we even get to the never ending bread and fish story 😉

    Honestly, that makes Scientology seem rational.

  12. Patty

    I did not say that having an opinion on Bucket lists was "arrogant and wrong". Please read my comment again.

  13. David – At least Hollywood put conservative Charlton Heston as Moses to set forth that list.

    Lets face it, this Bucket List was crap movie that had zero influence on the World at large. Trying to draw philosophical conclusions from it is aburd.

  14. It’s funny how much of the sacred you can see in the profane if you only know how to look.

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