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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Aporia [2]

I left you last time with a question that will probably haunt me to the end of my days: Why are we here then?

We are born to this world, naked and in need of care. We move on to our childhood, youth and adulthood, often believing we know all there was to know. Then we have to face old age, with the consequences this brings with it. Possibly disease... or the acquisition of impairment? Changes that cannot be stopped, or can they?

I must have felt like a young 'old' man in my childhood years. I usually got tired easily and mostly enjoyed sedentary activities. Yes, reading, writing and listening to music ... and yes, watching TV and playing on my computer too (!) ... Except for the last two, these were hardly the things boys my age enjoyed doing very much (and computers were still new to Malta at the time).

However, even if it may appear as a 'sad' childhood, the truth was that I was happy and I really liked my lifestyle then. And, in any case, it was the best way I could think of spending my time.

I know that this series of post entries appears to depart from the usual kind of writing on this blog. But it's good to have a change, isn't it?

Perhaps not. We have become too resistant to change. Some are resorting to cosmetic surgery to restore their youthful appearance. Others wish to have assisted suicide legalised because they cannot see themselves living with a progressive chronic condition or after acquiring an impairment. Our instinct is to feel secure and safe. And when we are left to live in the shadow of an unknown future, our fears get the better of us.

But all these alleged 'solutions', only serve to sustain a myth that we can control our bodies and whatever happens to us. A myth that can destroy lives and even close the doors to a future ahead. Instead of taking the time to understand ourselves, we tend to seek easy ways to escape or destroy the ‘problem’ of the uncharted course ahead. But in order to survive, we need to be open to life’s transitions. Embracing change is not about giving up to it but means accepting the facts of life.

It means accepting that life is often what we make of it and that we can only be in charge of our mind while not expecting the world to change to appease us. A person whose body remains forever young is a dead one. And even then, the body will decay.

To be continued...