DEATH (part two)

Just a quick disclaimer, as I write this, I understand that this topic is sensitive and might be triggering to people, and I want to say that I mean no disrespect. I am just trying to explore my own thoughts and philosophies about death. I will try to be as brief and respectful as possible.

A quick google search will tell you that though difficult to estimate, it is thought that approximately 100 billion people have lived before us at this very moment.

That’s a staggering number of people.

Our ego tends to make us feel that we are the center of the world. Everything seems to be happening to us, to me, and it’s just so interesting to think that everyone who lived before us and everyone who lives right now has this same vague feeling of being the center of the universe.

But it is human nature. It’s just how we are wired. But when you think of all these people who lived different, wonderful, complex, chaotic lives, it humbles you.

It is so amazing to be able to share this spiraling rock we call home.

Then when one thinks about all the things that we have been able to achieve as a people. Buildings, technology, medicine, textile manufacturing, machinery, transport, plumbing, art, music, literature, space travel, marine life exploration, teaching future generations, leadership, the food industry…it’s overwhelming to think about.

Granted, there have been moments in history that did not need to happen, but that should just implore us to continue trying being better.

We are a people of great potential. You are a person of great potential. And so is the person seated next to you.

It could be something ‘big’ or ‘small’ but essentially, everything that each individual does or can do ultimately amalgamates into the intricate beauty and wonder that is HUMANITY.

So please, I entreat you to do that which you need to do. Hairdressing, blogging, carpentry, painting, teaching, nursing, gardening, body-building, I don’t care.

Someone somewhere needs you. It all fits into the grand scheme of things. And you can take that in a spiritual, biological, scientific way. It’s all good.

Life is too short to be lived in constant fear and anxiety. Too short to be spent in hate and strife. Don’t expend all your energy thinking of your mistakes, regrets, or that boy/girl who broke your heart.

Take it in stride and find beauty in the now. Find beauty in the people around you, your pets, your work, your environment and think about how absolutely privileged you are to be alive.

I’d like to end with an excerpt that I love from Joseph Fink, author of Welcome to Night Vale which I haven’t read, but about two years ago I happened upon this quote and just fell in love with. It goes like this:

“The universe is unraveling. It still is. We won the day. We won the battle. We won whatever unit of measurement you care to say that we won. We returned to the dangerous equilibrium we had before, which we can only assume, or hope, or wish is better. But, of course, we did not stop the unraveling of the universe. The universe is not a thing that is, it is not a thing at all. It is the very action of its going. It is, in fact, its own dissolves and our lives – the entire span of human existence going back and back and, if we are lucky, forward and forward – the entire span is spent within this dissolve.

So look at the fleeting stars with fleeting eyes, and feel how the earth beneath you gives. It is all a temporary manifestation of particles, and it is all unraveling back to particulate silence. The bustle of the human day will come and will go. And then there will be night.

But how beautiful these moments within the dissolve! What a temporary perfection we can find within this passing world! Everything good ever done! Everything good that was done today, and all the good people doing it, and back and back and forward and forward, all of that beauty within a universe unraveling.

Be proud of your place in the cosmos. It is small, and yet it is. How unlikely! How fantastic! And stupid. And excellent”
― Joseph Fink


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