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Welcoming Death As An Absolute End?

Most theologies, be they Christian or otherwise, are established to deal with death, pain, and the business of living. We do our best to avoid death and yet, knowing that we will one day succumb to it we construct a hereafter that comforts our souls. We do this even though we have no proof of what a “heaven” is supposed to be. We live as if we will live forever and will one day visit the stalwarts of faith and family we have learned to love. Some of us are convinced of this. 

I am currently reading “Socrates Cafe”, a stimulating book. Within it I found the following quote by Walter Kaufmann that got me to thinking. Perhaps it will jar your thoughts a bit as well.

“Let people who do not know what to do with themselves in this life, but fritter away their time, hope for eternal life. If one lives intensely, the time comes when sleep seems bliss. If one loves intensely, the time comes when death seems bliss. The life I want is a life I could not endure in eternity. It is a life of love and intensity, suffering and creation, that makes life worthwhile and death welcome. There is no other life I should prefer. Neither should I like not to die. As one deserves a good night’s sleep, one also deserves to die, Why should I hope to wake again? To do what I have not done in the time I’ve had? All of us have so much more time than we use well. How many hours in a life are spent in a way of which one might be proud, looking back? For most of us death does not come soon enough. Lives are spoiled and made rotten by the sense that death is distant and irrelevant. Not only can love be deepened and made more intense and impassioned by the expectation of impending death; all of life is enriched by it. Why deceive myself to the last moment, and hungrily devour sights, sounds, and smells only when it is almost too late? In our treatment of others, too, it is well to remember that they will die: it makes for greater humanity.”
-Walter Kaufmann

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Need for Religion?

“The idea of a good society is something you do not need religion and eternal punishment to buttress; you need a religion if you are terrified of death.” -Gore Vidal


We Only Have Today

Sometime in the distant past,

I learned that these would seldom last;

A friend, a love… a fire.

What’s brought to life… too soon expires.

 

Life and living can seem so long,

Until you get to the end of your song.

The days, the months, the years, an age.

What’s brought to life… too soon expires.

 

There isn’t much to my song,

Just an old man reminiscing long,

While grasses fade to yellow straw.

Flowers bend, their beauty fades,

Leaves will lose their grip and fall.

What’s brought to life… too soon expires.

 

(A song/poem about aging and death)


Religious Hoax?

What we appear to want most seems to be a hope that lies beyond death. Therein lies the possibility for a successful hoax. We want more than this life to which most religions will comply with a story that confounds logic.


Feeling Awkward?

Feeling Awkward?


The Christian Religion Causing Fright! – Ruth Humence Green

“I am now convinced that children should not be subjected to the frightfulness of the Christian religion […]. If the concept of a father who plots to have his own son put to death is presented to children as beautiful and as worthy of society’s admiration, what types of human behavior can be presented to them as reprehensible?”

– Ruth Hurmence Green, writer and freethinker in “The Born Again Skeptic’s Guide to the Bible” (1979)


Nearer My God to Thee!