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Friday, January 15, 2010

On the Nature of Death and the Circus of Life

The media is now showing us hourly servings of dead bodies being loaded onto dump trucks to be carted off to mass graves in post-quake Haiti. For us westerners used to antiseptic deaths, it is a horrible sight - and notion.

We must also bear in mind that in this hemisphere, especially the United States, death is not welcome. We are non-death nations. Left to our own devices, we would never die. We are twenty-four-seven trying to combine various chemicals to make our lives longer on this planet. Any success?

However, and that is the most irrefutable truth, people do die. Remember, people die, they do not "pass" as we say euphemistically. Die to never be seen again, and depending on your philosophical view, to be born again under a new uniform (body) under a new identity. However, we do not possess unimpeachable and non-adorned evidence that this has happened. It is unpleasant to say this because it goes against my own, admitedly, philosophical beliefs.

Of course one death is one death too many. We do feel when our loved ones depart - there!... rather, die. I do miss my mother to bits, for example, and my beloved grandmother who used to take care of me when I was very little.

We human beings prefer to be wrapped in a false sense of security that does not exist, mind you. Natural disasters do happen all the time and that is very well documented in our increasingly technological world. We see them happening before our very eyes and that scares us witless.

What we must do, and that is within the realm of possibility, is to live our lives the best way we can, doing the most good we can, so that we can be remembered for the good people we were while on this Earth.

Should you find an elixir to cheat death do let me know. Ah, a quote:

Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.

Thomas Jefferson

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