posted on Jan, 5 2014 @ 02:54 AM
To answer the question posed in the title of this thread, “Not good at all”.
Frankly, I can’t think of anything more profoundly intense or saddening than to contemplate the inevitability of one’s own death, and the
realization that it may be just around the corner. I’ve experienced a fair number of close friends and family die up close, but have yet to witness
one that was pleasant.
I guess everyone has their own opinion. I’ve heard a million of them, and have got my own. Mine’s not as positive and/or casual as many that
I’ve heard. I mean, unless you figure it’s pretty much a lock you’ll be meeting up with 72 virgins (God, I don’t think I’ve ever even seen
one in real life!) or you have exclusive reservations through St Peter personally to meet up at the Pearly Gates, I just can’t think of any rational
reason to look forward to or to celebrate the notion of soon rubbing elbows with the Grim Reaper. No, thank you!
I think people throughout history have been rather creative and effective in conjuring up totally irrational belief systems to help them cope with the
finality of death. People (all of us) have an extraordinary ability to rationalize anything under the sun if it helps to minimize the overwhelming
fear of our own demise, and that in all likelihood, our one and ONLY shot at existence is now nearing the end, and it will NEVER, EVER happen again.
The concept of NEVER, EVER is kinda like infinity or the number zero. It’s hard to get a handle on it, and can actually be overwhelming if you try
too hard to understand it.
I know my view on this is quite unpopular with most of the members here, and probably even ticks some of you off. So be it. You have your beliefs and
I’ve got mine, such as they are (cough, cough...). Truth be known, I often think that life would have been much easier, more fulfilling and made a
hellova lot more sense to me if I only had the ability to believe in things based solely on the power of faith. But, that’s one human trait that has
escaped me for as long as I’ve been on this Earth. I’ve never been able to get a handle on that elusive concept. At any rate, I’m truly not
trying to diminish or minimize the beliefs expressed by others here.
In my limited way, I’ve always felt that life here is basically just a crap shoot. It appeared suddenly out of nothingness, provided a few laughs, a
few tears and a brief window over a vast landscape we’ll never truly comprehend, and will then just as suddenly disipate back into the nothingness
from where it came. You never know when your number’s up, and it’s best not to dwell on it. It’ll happen when it happens, and not one of us will
Now on that note, let the good times roll...