Contemplating Death and the Fragility of Life

12 thoughts on “Contemplating Death and the Fragility of Life”

  1. Have to admit having some of the same thoughts over time. Finally came to the conclusion that contemplating death helps deal with death of loved ones when the time comes, somewhat. Also, totally agree on being dressed up and put on display after we die is so morbid. Also so hard on the family to stand by a casket and have people parade by trying to comfort you, very exhausting. Well written!

    1. I agree. It takes time before you can confront it, but once you’re ready, really thinking about death and its relationship to life, and being able to reach out and touch it without a sense of terror or despair, is freeing.

  2. Great read dude. Yeah man, I can relate somewhat to what was written. The older we get, the more life is put into perspective, with the fact of “what if” and death. It’s funny, my dad, which is 75, was telling me, “you know John William, when you’re young you don’t think about getting old. Then one day you wake up and your old.” That talk was mostly about regret and not living for what’s really important in a mans/father’s life. Life is perplexing; we have control of our life, but we are not in control.

    Btw: have or can you answer the questions of life and purpose with confidence and assurance? Not being condescending, just in know many that walk through life and it’s truly not discovered.

    1. Your dad is a wise man. The dichotomy of control is an interesting concept: (1) what we can control, (2) what we can somewhat control, (3) and what is entirely out of our hands (no control). I think many, myself included, find ourselves trying to control #2 and #3 while neglecting #1. By asking ourself what constitutes #1, we can lead more fulfilling and soul satisfying lives and nurturing our important relationships, such as family, faith, and community.

      Can I clearly answer what is my purpose with 100% confidence? No. But I think it involves my relationship with the universe and listening when it speaks, and it speaks often.

      Also, as someone who once worked in construction to another familiar with the trade, you’ll appreciate this I think: http://www.everystudent.com/wires/greatest.html

  3. This is written the way I think, and feel I can’t verbalize for fear of people not understanding and thinking I’m crazy.
    Thank you for this.

    1. You’re most welcome. I completely understand the feeling you describe. As I was writing this, I could sense someone reading it once it went live, thinking, “I hope he’s okay.” I am definitely okay. More than okay. Thank you for reading and for sharing your feelings too.

  4. Thoroughly engaging and so real. The way you capture life and it’s complexity and heartache and truth, well it’s astounding, really. Thanks.

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