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The oxymoron of life

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     Why do we fear death when it’s the only thing we’re certain is going to happen? Is it the surprise factor that gets to us? Or is it the fact that we can’t see what comes after and we then have to believe in our convictions and uncertainty is mind fucking?!
     I’ve been thinking about death a lot lately. I’ve been also thinking about contradictions, how we as humans logically think about death when it’s far away and we can’t accept it -even if we tried- when it’s close. We assume that when it hits us close we will be logical but we never are. The brain with its unparalleled power, it’s unbelievably complicated web of nerves freezes on the first glimpse of emotion. Emotions are like cancer -I am not saying emotions are bad- in the sense that it wins every battle, whether it’s against your brain, your organs, it always wins.
     We always attempt to ask questions to try to understand life and the more you think you understand a part of it the more you realise you’re collecting sand particles from the desert. We perceive birth and death are the opening and closing pages of a book, in the back of our heads, that’s how we’re programmed. Whether you’re a creationist or a atheist, whether it’s naturally evolved instinct or a belief in a higher dimension, in the back of our heads we all believe that this is it, life is it, which is partially true. We only would hope to have had a purpose. Part of it is that we feel death is a waste of a good life, we feel that by dying, whatever happened in that person’s life got wasted. Having purpose could ease the process of accepting death by a small fraction, it could give meaning and could give solace in the fact that this person’s life was not ‘wasted’.
     In a radio play (Darkside, by Pink Floyd) I heard because of my infatuation with Pink Floyd not because I listen to radio plays on a regular basis, there were two characters. Both characters were subjects of a thought experiment. A thought experiment is basically asking unanswerable questions just for the sake of finding out maybe the process of thought or in this case, morality and its boundaries. Anyway, the characters are angry that the moral philosophers are killing them in their ‘experiments’ as if they’re nobody when in fact they feel and hear and see. So they go seeking ‘the wise one’ to ask him about the secret of life and after travelling the distance they find an old naked guy and they ask him, “What’s the secret of life?” He leans in and quietly whispers, “This, is not a drill.”

One comment on “The oxymoron of life

  1. Shalaby

    It’s interesting that you bring up the ongoing struggle between emotions and thoughts. I see you’ve concluded that emotions are superior and the default winner, but I beg to differ.

    Just like any other muscle in our body, we can train our brain to following a water-tight logical thought process and reach convincing conclusions which we can rely on to hold our emotions back, and let our minds lead the way. Not only do I think it’s possible, but I actually think it’s absolutely necessary in order to lead a fulfilling life like you said.

    And don’t forget, those who didn’t fear life were much more likely to put themselves in dangerous situations (which, during the early years of humankind, were widespread and lethal). They’re the ones who ended up dying before spreading their genes and passing on their adventurous attitudes. On the other hand, those who feared any situations that could potentially lead to a shorter life, gave birth to us. So this struggle is not only physiological and social, it’s actually a battle against the evolutionary process that brought us here.

    Thanks for the post yabnel balad 🙂

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