I would not opt to die until and unless there is a surety that death is the end of suffering. – Philo W.
There is a popular belief that we get life for once so we should make best of it, and the sole purpose of this is to achieve happiness, which even most wealthy people in this world, can’t enjoy life. Life doesn’t spare anyone, not even wealthy people. Either some people die of poverty, or some people spend millions to seek cure for illness. The powerful has no accountability in this world, and the murderer of 100 people will be hanged for once if caught. so there can never be justice in this life.
On the contrary to this, there is a belief that there is life hereafter, which is eternal.. this belief, gives us strength of bear all worldly problems, illnesses, poverty, injustice because we know that by facing the pain in this life, there is a greater reward. We have to pay for our actions. If we do good, we will get good and if we do evil deeds, we will be punished. This belief, changes the entire life of people. If we have firm belief on this, there would be no injustice, or cruelty in this worldly life. We get strength of bear pain, and hardship, and the powerful in this world, will have a fear to be accountable in the next life. and the poor and miserable people would have a relief that this worldly pain is temporary and this would end in few years.
Thus, what we believe in life, changes our lives. Everyone dies anyway.
Choose to believe wisely.
In the ruins of the old
The broken bricks
And the fallen roofs
Behind the curtains of
The voice got silent.
The abandoned souls
Of the residents
Tempt me with
The mystic force
The ruins of life
Speak to me
And I respond softly,
I own your misery,
And relate to the dark.
The living and the dead,
We are One.
Weren’t you ever afraid to grow old, I asked?
“Mitch, I embrace aging.”
“It’s very simple. As you grow, you learn more. If you stayed at twenty-two, you’d always be as ignorant as you were at twenty-two. Aging is not just decay, you know. It’s growth. It’s more than the negative that you’re going to die, it’s also the positive that you understand you’re going to die, and that you live a better life because of it.”
Yes, I said, but if aging were so valuable, why do people always say, “Oh, if I were young again.” You never hear people say, “I wish I were sixty-five.”
He smiled. “You know what that reflects? Unsatisfied lives. Unfulfilled lives. Lives that haven’t found meaning. Because if you’ve found meaning in your life, you don’t want to go back. You want to go forward. You want to see more, do more. You can’t wait until sixty-five.
“Listen. You should know something. All younger people should know something. If you’re always battling against getting older, you’re always going to be unhappy, because it will happen anyhow.
He lowered his voice.
“The fact is, you are going to die eventually.” I nodded.
Excerpt from: Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom