Death and taxes touch every life in this country. We are all equal when we are visited by both in our time here on this planet. If you try to avoid either, the suffering can truly begin. Tax evasion gives us a chance to find the real strength of the IRS, and it takes a hard soul to find a way to escape from the long arm of the law. If you are caught, you are paying for a long time.
As for avoiding death, I am not sure how one could do that beyond staying on life support forever or chilling the brain to be thawed out done the road. It is crazy to think that Death is a personified entity coming to collect you at the end of your life. Many times, the tales have been created to tell the story of a person who finds a way to avoid the cold touch of Death. Those narratives usually lead the protagonist to regret and a haunted existence. In the end, they seek Death so the suffering can end.
I don’t know that any of us truly understands the concept of immortality, but we do try. Many authors have taken up the mantle of immortality and placed it on a main character in order to give them a long lifetime as a playground for their stories. I eagerly await the next fantasy novel that will expand the creations that will have immortality and how it is dealt with. To me, the mortal mind is a troubling spot that few authors have taken into account. To move from the ranks of the mortal to the immortal causes a shift in the view of time and the world around them. These existential thoughts must strain the mortal mind as it is quite finite in conditioning. I imagine that if we were told from birth that we were immortal, it would lead to a stronger concept of the infinite.
Death can be an interesting topic to ramble on for hours. The afterlife will eventually enter into the discussion, but that is only if you have a belief in such. Our civilization has many mythologies to choose from. We are could look to the ancient Greeks. A step back even further can lead us to the civilizations of Mesopotamia and Egypt. The religion ceremonies surround death and the afterlife, but there has been little evidence to reveal the true answers. The one common fact is that death will come. It is how we handle that final moment which will mark our place in the world. It is the final chance to leave a legacy for those left behind.
I personally have not faced many deaths in my family to this point to form much of an opinion on death. I sat down to write this blog posting with the topic in mind and started to really pull some of my thoughts together. First, I know that it will come for me someday and I am prepared to accept it. By that time, I will have left my mark on those around me now. I do not say that as a boast that I am some great person, but those around me know that at some point I have left some influence or mark on their lives. It is also true that they have left it on me.
As for what is beyond the veil of death, I will not claim to know or try to convince anyone to believe my ideas. I would like to think that the afterlife is a place of comfort and peace. For anyone to consider it to be anything more or less leaves me with a bad taste. If one has the ego to claim that their beliefs are the only true ones and anyone that does not agree will suffer without the comforts of the afterlife has placed a judgment on another. It is no one’s place to pass judgment on another. The moment that you put yourself in that position, you are filled with hubris and may the powers strike you down.
Of course, that is a bit of a judgment on my part, but I am prepared to accept the strike if only to get the point across. Tolerance and cognizance are the only factors in this world that should matter. If you live in the world where you are without these qualities, then you are working against the great truth that many religious figures have spoken. I strongly suggest that you take a moment to examine that.