of, relating to, or constituting a verb form or set of verb forms that represents a denoted act or state not as fact but as contingent or possible or viewed emotionally (as with doubt or desire)

Would of, should of, could of seem to drive many of our lives. We are captured in a place of mind where we spend entirely too much emotional energy thinking in the subjunctive. What if we didn’t waste this spiritual energy? What if we lived our lives in reality: put aside the doubts and fears of the past, the doubts and fears of the future and lived simply in what we can see and feel. Would we be happier? Would our lives be dry and purposeless without hope?

To stop looking back at the decisions that have led to our lives as they are. The decisions that led to our partners. “I should’ve told them how I felt.” The decisions that led to our careers. “I could’ve been someone if I had just applied myself.” Would we be happier in our circumstances if the possibility of anything different was not an option, or even a thought we could entertain.

The Vietnamese language has no subjunctive. Do the refugees from South Vietnam live a better, more comfortable life not having the concept of what if? “What happened to me if I had not escaped?” Do they have less gratitude for the blessings of life because they cannot express alternatives in their native language?

What would be the results in your own life? Would you be a happier person without the thought of an alternative life. One where better decisions were made by you. One where better actions were done for and to you by others. Conversely, what would your life be if the were no hopes or thoughts of what could be? Would you be devoid of dreams? Would you live in an state of hopelessness?

What would life be without the subjunctive?

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