Friday, January 26, 2007

Memento Mori

Fear of death is the universal link that all organisms have in common. We all want to survive and live on.

Death has a way of turning brave men fearful, of turning lunatics sane, and of turning impious people religious. It is also because of death that we take precautions and avoid unnecessary risks, it is also why we become supersticious and why we would turn to Religion in times of trouble. The actual nature of death is inevitable, we all will die at some time or another. But we should not treat death as if it were a demon or a devil. Death closely follows life, like the sun follows the moon. You cannot have life without death. In order to truly embrace life and it's pleasures, you must first embrace death and it's reality. Once you come to terms with your own mortality, it will be as if you were liberated from an invisible captor. You will see the world in a whole new perspective, you will not be a slave to caution, you will be the surveyor of your soul. You will not be as frightened by the threat of your own death, you embrace and accept it as the nature of life.

Speaking from personal experiences, there have been 3 times in my life were I was absolutely certain I was about to die. The first time, when I thought I was going to die from an illness, after I recovered I started to plan the rest of my life as I needed, planning all the accomplishments I hoped to achieve. After the second time, I almost fell out of a train, I took it upon myself to come to terms with my mortality and embrace the fact of death. And the final time, too personal to share, I reconnected with a childhood friend.

People will have different and varied opinions about death, some will fight it to the end others will take it upon themselves. But no matter what your opinion may be, it is still a universal truth that we will all die sometime and someplace. Memento Mori.

Also, I appologize for the late entry. I've been having a busy week and it's hard to make time for this.

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