Saturday, January 19, 2008
Death, an inevitable circle of life.
Life and death, a very realistic part of living in this world and the one very fatal condition we are aware of; knowing that one day our breath will give up on us, our heart will stop working and we'll be forced to make our way into another dimension, a dimension that is unknown to our existence, but understood by many religions as a reward and last resort for the good and the bad.
For many, this ultimatum makes them strive to become a better human being and for others it may be a fear factor, ignoring their sins until death itself faces them in the eye. Some may realize and turn their 'left-over' life around or some still stay oblivious to this fact thats written in stone and cannot be erased. Does this mean that the ignorant amongst us are living life to the fullest without fear and consequences? Or does it mean that the faithful, knowing the outcome of their deeds, lead a more harmonious and balanced life? What is what and what's not, is a personal
belief of every individual as long as he/she leaves earth with a satisfaction of complete and utter surrender to whom we may believe in.
Bucket list, a movie that I saw lately, ingeniously written and directed, shows exactly my point I am trying to make here. More than a certain 'point', its rather an analysis of what I think of life and death and the road in between called, living. We all live under one roof so to speak, made of endless skies of rain, heat, cold, snow or drought. Nevertheless, the same universe that offers us a home to stay, also comes with its cruelties to challenge mankind of civilization.
Cruelties such as poverty, tragedies, death, diseases, abnormalities, and many other misfortunes are offered to us in a package; a home loan consisting of adjustable "rates", swirling our fates into the ups and downs while making us pay a humongous payment laid on a fat bracket of interest.
The beauty of living lies in the tools that are already granted to us; such as our eyes to see, our ears to listen, our hearts to give and receive love and our mouths to speak. We are the product of ourselves and yet we ignore to see the goods that are given to us for free, without any charge. We always seek to want more, the best of the best, arriving at number one and nothing less or else we'd be disappointed, depressed, and let down by ourselves and others! God forbid we show some sort of weakness...we are an army of soldiers marching towards success over and over again, stomping and pushing our gigantic feet to get to the other end !!!....
Success to me is finding a middle ground between materialistic, financial freedom and spiritual enjoyment/enhancement of life...whether through community or family, through charity or kindness, through faith or humility; there HAS to be a middle ground that completes the full picture of your JOY, of your SATISFACTION out of life. Once accomplished, forever peaceful.
Maybe wisdom isn't only grown by age but also by character. Death, so inevitable...perfect in its own way; without explanations or excuses, visits generations of generations without a knock on the door or an invite to consider, striking us all in one single blow.
May we be among those who are fortunate to see the yin from the yang, the clear from the gray, the glass full from the half, the seen from the unseen and most importantly, the known from the unknown.
This reminds me of the beautiful song by Elton John; "Circle of life" where the King of the lions, King Mufasa, is holding Simba high up in the sky and subsequently loses himself through an unfortunate twist of fate, leaving Simba and his Kingdom in a dark place, until the new King arises...stepping into the throne of his father, fighting against all enemies and all odds, claiming his royal position and restoring his home to continue the circle of life when at the end holding his own son, his heir and pride for the future - a majestic story that still leaves me in awe.
Whether it be the animal kingdom or the human race; pride, love, ancestry, and continuation of life is seen in any form.
It's all a matter of life vs. death and at the end, the joys in between, right? :)