A Meditation on Faith: Wakeup Call, Part II

Being dead is not a problem. Being alive is a problem…

… for ALL of us.

Nothingness in this life, the only one we know, is the real tragedy.

So, let’s talk about life…

Even if blessed with a hundred healthy years on this planet, my time here is infinitesimally small in comparison to the inconceivably long time that preceded my birth and the inconceivably long time that will follow my passing. This stark realization in no way makes the case for a life of resignation, hopelessness, and meaninglessness. Quite the contrary, such finitude renders my painfully short existence infinitely precious… and I must make the most of it.

And so, I embrace my mortality… not out of morbid fascination and dread… but as a boon to living… as motivation to reject the routine and trivial… as the reason to sing my songs, even if I never get to finish them all… with such intensity, urgency, honesty, integrity, courage, compassion, and gusto that once is enough.

Next Meditation: Common Ground

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3 thoughts on “A Meditation on Faith: Wakeup Call, Part II

  1. A noble stance for those who cannot know. For many such a stance translates to doing the opposite: since there is no penalty for evil seeing as when one dies, one is dead, why not take advantage of absolutely everything? Why not live in debauchery, as rednecks, fighting, competing, taking advantage, crowing, blustering full of egotism, even murdering, for profit or pleasure? That would be the other side of the coin. I’ve often wondered if by denying one’s infinity it makes it real? I know about past and future lives, having had practically full recall of the most recent ones, the future ones being composed of possibilities, not certainties, but that there will be such futures is not open to question for me, so… knowing this, I would find an end to my reality as an infinite entity to be ultimate destruction, a sacrilege against life beyond any imaginable. Could I commit spiritual suicide? Could I terminate my mind, become nothing? I suspect that is a possibility and a choice that everyone faces at death. Those who so choose lose their identity as individuals, become nothing having made no effort to understand the purpose of inheriting a life as a human being… hm, not something I would choose for myself.

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