Carpe Diem: To Live is to Die…
Do you want to live forever? That is the writing prompt/question our blogging guides at Daily Post borrowed from Plinky. My initial reaction to the question was: At what cost? Isn’t the point of nature about rejuvenation, transformation and rebirth? Like the seasons, every life form has its time of birth, growth and death/rebirth so the idea of forever is a formidable and potentially disturbing one. Sure, our internet life is recorded forever and our Facebook and other social network accounts might too. But do you really..?
From a spiritual standpoint, the soul lives forever so, technically, we do live forever. For those who believe in karma and the afterlife, life is eternal, just not necessarily on this planet. We are born and reborn and then the cycle starts over again and again… Sure, we find fossils and remnants of times gone by and we have trees that have lived for hundreds of years but to live in a human form, in the body forever? Do you really want to stick around like a fossil in a human form?
It is a thought provoking question because life and death are topics that stay close to our hearts even when we avoid talking about them. When I first read the question, I immediately thought of Oscar Wilde’s Gothic horror book, The Picture of Dorian Gray. We cherish our lives and value our friends, family and others connected to it, and the prayer in many a heart is to live a full and long life. But do we want to be ageless and see everyone around us age and die? Death is, as some would say, the great equalizer and living forever might not be ideal. What do you think?
Below are two poems about the passage of time. Enjoy your life now and may we all be blessed with long, prosperous and fulfilling lives.