Can you imagine? My g'ma is going to be 100 in Dec. She's so pretty and sharp and still pretty independent. But she's outlived her husband, son and probably boat loads of other ppl. I wonder if it is preferable to live into your 100s.
When I was young I used to think I wanted to live forever. That's probably why I believed in a God that would allow that, but now that I'm pushing the very edge of 50, I only hope I live long enough to see my kids grow up and do well and then die in my sleep or something. No five years of chemo and die a painful sad death.
Based on the fact I will be dead. Everything that remains of my previous existence then resides in the memories of people who knew me. The laughter and all the other emotions lie then not with me, but with those who survive me.
Oh, I see now, sorry I miss understood your question, Kathryn.
I don't know the answer to this question. Maybe there is not just one factor. My personal history of having come through various church situations, initially acting in accordance with what everyone else around me was doing; then dropping away from it, because other paths in life became more prominent. Then getting to the age where I began questioning what others were doing, and deciding that I was following suit without any particular logic or good sense. Feeling dissatisfied. Trying to find love and companionship in people, when they were only really "up themselves," and realising my life could be much more fulfilling if I stopped worrying about trying to impress people and, instead, concentrate on what I was capable of under my own steam. Also, realising that my particular view of life, although pertinent for myself, was not something I had to press onto others. But to try and recognise in others what they were going through, and truly empathise with them. And the more I watch others making their mistakes, the more I can reflect off them onto my own mistakes. The same goes for successes, too. Seeing someone else put their talents into operation inspires me to consider my own talents and what I am doing (or failing to do) with them.
Gee, this has become a long, drawn-out answer. Hope it has not missed the point of your question, but I will post it anyway. Must get back to bed, it's 2.30am so will continue the discussion in the morning.
I love this answer, Johnny! Love it. I BELIEVE: Before we can gain any spiritual awareness we must be in touch with our own will, our own thinking, our own self. We must realize our self. Self is everything. Being in touch with true self is the benefit of atheism. It is a step toward true spirituality. Some atheists stop too soon and abort their true mission! LOL
Most of us have faced death. I did. I felt sorry for myself... resigned, but sorry. I knew a door would be shut and opportunities would be gone. (cancer/ I recovered)
Those opportunities for me come in the form of experiences. What I would have been cheated of is based on what I value: developing a relationship with my new grandson, continuing my relationships with my adult children, with my parents and all my loved ones. I love to paint, I love to draw. I love to make music. I would have missed these experiences. If I were to die today, I would feel cheated in a way, but, I also think death is a rest. Resting is good, not afraid to die. You Had To Ask
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