It's THE question. The one we all want answered and the only one we care about when the clock is winding down. What did all that mean? Was life even worth living? If you want to win the #SeeMyWork challenge you have to hit it where it's not so pleasant.
In this myTake I want to talk about facing the fear, despair, but ultimately hope of our mortality. But more than this I'd like to present facts about the nature of death and encourage my readers to perhaps walk away with a new, enhanced, or even totally different perspective on our existence.
Fact #1: You will die
Is there any fact more certain? Your heart will stop, the miraculous symphony of chemical reactions that make up your conscious being will fail, and the molecules of your physical body will wither, decay, and be recycled by callous and uncaring nature. From dust you were made and to dust you shall return goes the proverb.
I've discovered that saying to hold relatively true whether you are religious or not. If you read a spiritual book like the bible or Quaran, the poetic creation narrative details god fashioning the first human from clay and breathing life into it. On the other side you could subscribe to abiogenesis, the theory that explains atoms coming together to form simple proteins and eventually the first cell by the properties of chemistry and physics. Literally the composition of earth giving rise to life, and eventually we humans. I've looked at both sides and each have a certain beauty to them.
What can I say about the fact that we will die? Well perhaps I should let it segue into the next fact.
Fact #2: Your time on earth is finite
it should go without saying that the presence of death proves this fact, but What does it mean?
philosophers have debated, and still debate as to what the meaning of life is. Is this a trial period set before us by the heavenly powers? Or are we nothing more than a sentient collection of random particles? Either way, it seems fairly safe to say that one of the most important things we could do with this life is make the best effort possible to answer these questions, whether that means finding our creator, or finding that we didn't have one. I see it a long time coming before any human achieves a level of understanding that could definitively and honestly answer either way. We may think we know, but do we really?
Fact #3: All we have to leave behind is the legacy we created while we were alive
It's a more secular hope perhaps than aspiring to commune with God atop the clouds, but it's one I think can give a strong sense of purpose to our lives regardless of beliefs. We all want to leave the world a better place for our children and the generations to come don't we? We want to go down in history, stand a flag atop the mountains that says "I was here! My life meant something! I did something grand and admirable with what little was given to me!"
That sort of thing would mean nothing if we had an infinite amount of time to accomplish our goals. What makes life so precious IS the fact that it will end, realizing and embracing this is what drives people to aspire to greatness because this is your only chance, a narrow window to do what you will before the abyss of inexistence take you, or God judge you. Just as the presence of evil makes good things virtuous, the presence of death makes adventures real. Makes us feel every emotion all the stronger. Makes our lives worth living.
So what I want you too take away from this take is this: enjoy it while it lasts.
Don't sod around in nihilistic despair, there's a world out there✈️🌋🗼🎡🛤🏖🌅🌌 there are worlds beyond worlds and galaxies beyond galaxies.
There is so much to learn, so much to feel, so many things to do, and so many wonderful people to do them with.
Death will come, but because it does our zeal for life is strengthened and using that to become more motivated and conscious beings for the future of humanity, is in my mind the definition of triumph over death itself.
I hope you liked my take😊 Now go have an adventure.