Monday, November 30, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
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What is death? In simple term, it is an irreversible cessation of life and the loss of its essential characteristics. Death occurs at several levels and appears in different faces in the same way that life can be lived in many stances. Indeed, life goes with a series of stages. Clearly, medical science can explain the transition of how a person losses life until it finally goes into decomposition. It is somehow an ordinary biological process such digestion, respiration and so on. If this is a normal thing, then why people fear about facing death? Sounds rhetorical, right? We may have many answers to such questions but I guess, we basically afraid of death because we still do not know what exactly lies beyond the darkness, of that dreadful unknown realm. We normally feel great fear facing death but, it is not so much on the temporal aspect, of what we have acquired over the years but we are more concern on searching for the meaning of our own death. We tend to rationalize things yet it seems that we are incapable of thinking. We somehow lost our sanity trying to focus on something that is nowhere to be found. Eventually we end up feeling helpless, lonely and even coward. Persons, money, power and material possessions that are regarded as something valuable in life seemed to lose its importance. Indeed, everything becomes insignificant when man starts to face his greatest enemy.
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The ability to face the reality of death and its impact on our life and each other's lives and the ability to discuss our fears, anticipations, fantasies, and curiosities will better prepare us to fully live our lives. Mitch Albom in his famous novel “Tuesdays with Morrie” says “when you learn to die, you learn to live”. A better understanding of the reality of death perhaps helps us to maturely accept that this is part of our being. Painful it may seem, but we should be open-minded to accept that we only have days to live in this temporal residence and sooner or later we will go back to our final abode.