- Education and Science
Don't you know you are 'Only Mortal'?
So this may be a bit of an odd one, but it's something that many people come to grips with at some point in their lifes, if not everyone. I just wondered it anyone has had a similar experience and hope that people don't consider this distasteful, if so please let me know and I'll remove.
So let's move on...
If you were lucky then you may remember the days as a child when the summers seemed to last forever? Playing in the park, building dens messing around with your friends, the good ol' days.
We all wish we could go back, however we also know that time can only go forward and the further forward it goes, the older we get. This may be in essense the ultimate reason for our immortality and inevitable death.
When you were young this was probably not a realisation, but just recently at the age of 27 this became one of the biggest realisations of my life. It had probably come up in conversation millions of times before this...but when I stopped and actually thought about it, it actually really scared me!
Maybe this phenomenom can be refered to as a pre-mature midlife crisis? Have you experienced this.
Perhaps this realisation is more common than I had first thought, it got me to thinking about religion and in particular "Born again Christians". The type of people who "find god" after years of athieism or agnostisism. The perfect stereotypes for this type of person are people who survive a car crash, quit highly addictive drugs or have near death experience etc. Religion seems to provide comfort to people if they believe there is something to look foward to, this being heaven. I wonder if there is higher percentage of older people becoming born again?
I believe this realisation does not only have negative effects on people, but actually a lot of positve effects too. For example, the realisation may cause someone to value their life, and lives of others increasingly, which in turn would probably make them a better and happier person. It may inspire some people to do and experience things they have never experienced, to try new things, to take risks! They may adopt the "you only live once" attitude which is the way a lot of people want to live, but simply don't.
Not all of these positives were a reflection of me personally, but cetainly aspects of each.
This is such a general topic, and there is so much more to write about so I think I'll leave it up to you to wonder.
I hope this article gave you to think about, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.