DEATH HAPPENS IN LIFE
Life is unpredictable, and when this unpredictability gets overwhelming, which as expected does, it creates that cloud of powerlessness.
Here is something we’re most unlikely to talk about – DEATH.
Let’s talk about DEATH.
It is easy to discern and accept how death happens to life, but the mockery of death happening in life is far more insincere and intolerable, to life. Death is the end of life, clearly, yet how does death happen in life when life hasn’t ended?
It is easy to believe we’ve considered death in a significant manner by simply admitting, once in a while, with perhaps a shudder or shiver running up the spine, that “yes, that could happen to me.” Then, having ‘thought the thought’ we may quickly shove the recognition—I will die; I do not know when that will happen—back into the recesses of the mind. Then we return to our mundane perspectives, without this crucial recollection being held in awareness.
The life of a depressed individual is pretty interesting, different from the life of a suicidal individual at the time. During my episodes of depression, I realized how much hope I’d lost in almost every phase of life – to me, everything else had died. I was usually sad because there is a natural instinct to live and grow in every living thing despite the unfortunate winds that hit us. In the suicidal stage, it was more of an assertion of this loss of hope and no hope in this could-be-hope (if this makes sense). I strongly believed all hope was lost today and tomorrow; but there was another piece of the puzzle that took me back to the opening story – what is it that enables a person to be strong enough to overcome intense emotional distress to commit the final act? Death. Death in life.
Death in life heralds Death to life, just as depression often goes ahead of suicide.
Philosophers and non-believers believe death is a blank wall, a simple termination of one’s embodied life. Christians (believers) on the other hand see death as a door, a portal to another life. “I am the resurrection and the life. He that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die” John 11:25, 26.
Life happens when we think of nothing so little as death. Ignoring death leaves us with a false sense of life’s stability then again, the fixated meditation of death on the other hand can lead us away from life. In all truth, coming to terms with one’s death involves reflection on its significance in one’s life, and thinking about the larger values that give life its meaning.
Ultimately, it is necessary to free ourselves of this ignorance and fear of thinking about death as what takes away life, rather from the view that it frees us to live fully wrapped up in the life we have yet to live. So yeah, death in life can be pretty much stirring, subject to how you see it.