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A view, a different view

Nothing exists;
Even if something exists, nothing can be known about it;
Even if something could be known about it, knowledge about it can’t be communicated to others.

– Gorgias (485-375 BC)

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.

– Epicurus (341-270 BC)

You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.

– Albert Camus (1913-1960)

Be that self which one truly is.

– Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)

I found these quotes, among others, while surfing the net, and I find it most intriguing how people’s views on everything from gods, the universe to their own lives differ.  I selected the above 3 quotes and pasted them here since they are the ones that best reflect my own personal views, and even though I have these conceptions, I understand that they may very well change over the course of time, and I may adopt different views, even contradictory – as I have before – , or even become fanatical in defending the ones that I already have.

I also am amazed at how much these kind of views affect our lives daily. Although people, from what I have seen, do not really talk about or even realize that they have certain conceptions about life, philosophical in their nature and most likely specific to individuals, they are the main factors that rule over our lives.

We do things or don’t do them, according to our own philosophical code. I say philosophical and not moral because the moral code that each of us uses is based on a philosophical view on what moral is or isn’t. So actually we are not acting towards a better good, or a common cause, or to be moral. No. We are all philosophers acting out their own philosophy, seeing and experimenting which one suits us best. And after we come to one that suits us, we do our best to shove it down the throat of others.

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Death

Throughout our lives we are perpetually tormented by this event we call death.

We live our lives doing our best in ignoring this event which is an integral and final part of any cicle that has a beginning. Mostly we believe that we do not think about it we will not be subjected to it. Well we are wrong. Any thing that has a begining must have an end. We know this. Then why do we continue to pretend and act as if it never happens.

There are few moments when we do think about our own death, and ussually these moments occur when something similar happens in our lives; we see someone passing away, that is the most frequent moment.

I am not wrighting this to sadden you. I am just thinking that maybe if we do take notice of this event and accept it for what it is, maybe just maybe we would not fear it as much. I know this topic has been treated by many authors in many works, and it has indeed been identified by psychologists as one of the basics drives in ourl ive.

We try so hard to get caught up in our daily lives, trying to succeed in what we do, trying to live life at its fullest, as they say, only in a desperate attempt to deny this event. My question to you is, do you or can you live life to the fullest while denying an inherent part of life ?

Can we say on our dying bed that we have truly lived if we are still afraid of our impending death?

My answer is no.

That by no means should say that you should feel the same. It is just my personal opinion. I have seen many people tormented by the passing away of someone loved. Indeed it is a tragic event. But for those that have the power to look past their initial sufferring, or accept this event in advance, ussually perceive that their suffering is not caused by the actual passing away, but by the future lack of contact they will experience with the person that has died. Basicly, we do not cry because someone has died, but because they will no longer experience anything with that person. This is caused by an internal strife in the individual and not because of death. We mourn our own experiences, or lack of thereof, and not that person that has passed away. We mourn OUR own mortality and not that someone else has died.

The fear of the unknown is truly great, there is no denying that. But a life lived to the fullest IS filled with unknown.

Our entire life is nothing more than a preparation for this experience.

Now based on ones personal view and conceptions, two things may happen after death. Either it is the end, as some claim, or it is just a begining for something else. Either way, there I see no reason to fear it as we do. Of course the entire fear can not be fully erased, but maybe by accepting this we would be able to lead a life filled with less fear. Maybe if we stop for a moment and think what it means to die, we would be able to put aside the things we know are meaningless, and we do just to distract us, and focus on what truly matters to us, on what really makes us happy and fulfiled. Then living the life that we truly want, is there any point in fearing any event in our life ?

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