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Friday, June 26, 2009

Forgetting Life

No one knows what there is awaiting us at the end of our lives. Atheists affirm that there is nothing. Simply an emptiness where we just disappear from history into a place, if you can call it that, with no meaning and no future. On the other hand, those who believe in God believe that yes, there is life beyond death.

To be honest, I am unsure myself of the answer to the question of whether there is an after-life. Not that I am in any hurry to satisfy my curiosity, and so I hope the grim reaper delays the answer for more years to come. Even if there was one time when I was really close to finding out the answer myself - following an episode of kidney bleeding in 1998.

However, I thought about death even before I had that episode. My brother died a few months after my birth and I am still unsure of what came of him. Or whether he's watching me after all those years. It may be a silly hope, I admit, but I want to believe in an after-life. On the other hand, the question of whether there is an after-life or not is not deadly important (I couldn't resist the pun)..

I mean if you consider the zillions of things which could have gone wrong in the formation of terrestrial life. The many other factors which could have annihilated the human race, preventing our evolution. And, as for me, I wouldn't be here if my family line hadn't survived through life in different environments, wars upon wars, diseases and natural disasters. And yet, with all this, I might not have been born either. Without chronicling my medical history, I am astonished that I made it to this day. If I had been born in a different time, or even another country, I might also have disappeared from blogging history. OK, forget the part on 'blogging history'... I do get carried away during these moments.

What I mean to say, it may make more sense to live our life to the full now rather to dwell on the fate that is out there. While, as I said in my previous posts, we should be aware of our own mortality, this should make us appreciate more of what we have and strive to improve on what is wrongly denied us or from others. Life is too unique and precious to debate on who is right or wrong, if there is a heaven or hell, if you;ll end up in nirvana or stuck in samsara. Not that I don't appreciate a philosophical argument of this kind once in a while.

Now anyone fancy playing hangman?