Thursday, January 28, 2016

Life or Death is not for you to choose

It is written that the last enemy to be vanquished is death. We should begin early in life to vanquish this enemy by obliterating every trace of the fear of death from our minds. Then can we turn to life and fill the whole horizon of our souls with it, turn with added zest to all the serious tasks which it imposes and to the pure delights which here and there it affords.

Felix Adler

For certain is death for the born
And certain is birth for the dead;
Therefore over the inevitable
Thou shouldst not grieve.

Bhagavad Gita

Timor mortis morte pejor
(The fear of death is worse than death)
Robert Burton

I was told by doctors on four occasions that I should have died from what I've faced.  If I had maybe life would be better for some people, or maybe it would be worse, I do not know.  Destiny is something I am told by various people doesn't exist.  Some people choose to believe that we create our own destiny, others believe it lays waiting for us to find it and fulfill it.  Based upon the knowledge that I should not be here, for a number of reasons, I wonder why I linger.  What is waiting for me?  Why was I allowed or kept from death?

Monday, January 11, 2016

Can't predict it.

The future world is neither one I have hope for, nor a strong knowledge of the events that will happen within.  All I know is that if I were to guess, it wouldn't sound good. People tend to assume therefore, that I am a pessimist.  That wouldn't be true.  I think that overall I tend to be a realist, and I try not to get to high (optimistic) or low (pessimistic).

My son's generation has a great challenge before them.  They stand before an enormous abyss on one side, and a universe of opportunity on the other.  They cannot slip, nor do they have the luxury of time to relax or sleep, this world's disasters and worries are so great as to make the next 50 years very crucial in the history of humankind.  I believe humanity could wipe itself off the face of the earth in war, overpopulation and collapse, or virus.  We could also reach the critical period of realization where nothing further can be gained with the resources and knowledge we have.  If we do not leap into the dark, we might be stranded on our blue, beautiful planet.

I am not a person who hopes for the darkness.  I believe in hope.  But we live between hopes and fears in our existence.  Everyone does.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Consumed by fire. What then?

When the end comes, we will be consumed, and our ash spread upon the earth.  Winds will blow our remains across the surface, and settle with the dust.  We have no control over this, it is inevitable.  So, if death is inevitable, then what? 

Some people face the truth with a desire to be kind, since we all face a struggle.  Some are deeply selfish, treating others without care, because they don't perceive that they will ever atone.  Some people are kind because they live out the system of Karma, the universal principle of cause and effect. Our actions, both good and bad, return to us in the future, helping us to learn from life’s lessons and become better people. I trust in the system of Mercy and Grace.  I am not suggested that other people do live wrongly if they pursue Karma.  But I haven't seen it work.  I am saying that in my understanding, the only perfect life was Christ's, and he was executed by Rome.  By this killing he voluntarily took upon himself the sins of others, and God granted humans mercy, and grace, and invited them to enter into communion by repenting, and asking forgiveness. 

I am not suggesting anyone stop believing anything they believe.  Perhaps your belief system works.  But I trust in a system that I have experienced in it working. 

A further discussion on Karma or Mercy and Grace can be found here.

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