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Pointless fearing death

Tuesday, April 25, 2017    

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Dear Editor,

I remember being at this particular place when a group of religious people began preaching about how, with God’s help, of course, death can be avoided. Of course, while I do respect people’s religious beliefs, I really couldn’t help myself but chuckle. When asked why I was laughing, I responded that why on earth should anyone fear the inevitable; sooner or later, all of us will face it, so why fight it?

Now, while death is something that it makes no sense fearing, I must admit that there is one thing that I do fear very badly – unfinished business. Let’s face it, when was the last time a dead person finished build a house or run a business? Not very often! Except for North Korea, which still has its founding president as the official head of State, not very many dead people still continue to rule nations these days. So, while death really should not be feared, we should not want any unfinished business.

Yet, there is increasing understanding that death is only a part of life, when one really thinks about it. Largely through it mankind has been able to renew himself; to evolve and to learn. Can you imagine, for instance, if Russia’s Stalin was still alive today, or Britain’s Queen Victoria? Death tends to be a way to rid humanity of what many would call “old ways” and allow new thinking to take hold. So, in at least this respect, death may not be such a bad thing.

However, our reality is really governed by energy and, believe it or not, everything that we see around us, including us humans, are really a form of energy. As such, death may not be the end of it all, it could just be a transformation. Maybe death is just the means to change us from the matter that we are into the energy that we came from.

There are very well-documented cases of the undead – so to speak. The Enfield case in Great Britain and the refusal of Abraham Lincoln (whose ghost has been seen by many, including a person no less than Winston Churchill) to leave the White House, among many others, are well known. However, while I must admit that I am yet to be completely convinced that we go on after death, I must also admit that I am not completely convinced that this isn’t really the case either.

In any case, while we are here, in this reality, I suppose we must make the most of the very short time that we have. As much as we can we should help as many people as we can and do all we can to make our mark on this reality. Let death (or transformation) come when it will. We can’t stop it anyway. Sooner or later we all must face it.

Michael A Dingwall






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