Yes, death makes one’s life meaningful. The world often overlooks death and any incident related to it as sordid jokes. Death, in general, does not strike as ‘meaningful’ to many of us. In fact, death is not necessarily a foe; rather, it manifests our limitations as a human being.
Death speaks truth right on our face. Thus, death is a concrete concept that awakens a purpose in the eyes of every individual. Death is loathed by many and cared by a few. The latter, on the other hand, embraces it, and hence, confront less fear and more peace.
For centuries, death brought in numerous empirical evidence to befriend humanity. However, in the contemporary world, consumerism, hedonism, and other social addictions and evils have distanced humanity from the reality of death. People tend to believe in immortal life as they do not think that death makes life meaningful. Many are determined to extend their span through technological advancements.
Death is the round table that has the atheist, agnostic, and theist around it, achieving a consensus (Mason, 2015).
Death, as a reality, nudged Alexander the Great only on his deathbed. For so long had he disowned death and in the last hours, the time was ripe for him to accept death. Spooky or creepy, he had to accept it. The same end was liberating energy for some – Mother Teresa, George Washington, and Abraham Lincoln, to name a few.
A person who understands that death makes life meaningful finds the peace of mind. Misunderstanding of death throws one into the throes of insecurity and wasted life. The irony of death in the 21st century is that the depressed ones are forcing death into themselves through suicide pacts. A few enforce it upon others as a slice of life – moral lessons taught by the wayward of the society. People who do not understand death can be a menace to society.
The irony of death in the 21st century is that the depressed ones are forcing death into themselves through suicide pacts.
According to Mason, death is the round table that has the atheist, agnostic, and theist around it, achieving a consensus. Though the technological advancements strive hard to belie your biological age and enter into ‘infinite youthfulness’, the world is defiant on the face of death and grows a fake hope to brave death. To be precise, it is a stupid act of a stubborn brat.
The world does not appreciate death. When anything is not valued, it is devalued. And when devalued, it does not enjoy the privilege of being understood. Eventually, when one confronts the unknown, one gets startled. Likewise, when death is not understood and is devalued, the sudden appearance of this queen in the later years of one’s life can only bring fear into one’s life. Hence, the necessity to understand death results in a meaningful living of life.
To study death, one should understand and value it first. We tend to take the gift of life as granted and do not care to know the rationality behind life. We are happy and sad because we are okay with living ‘a life’ – any life.
Observation is the perfect tool to daw appreciation upon life. Observation, especially of nature, can bring meaning to life and death.
The famous ICEMAN’s tale of his life does bring a heavy profundity of life. His keen observation of nature when he lost his beloved wife, brought more value to life. He mastered the skill of attuning to nature. When one is ready to go hand in hand with nature, he lives, he lives profoundly. Thus one is ready to accept the process of life and death under the able tutelage of the greatest teacher, nature.
When your existence does not connect to the lives of the others through love, compassion, and kindness, a meaningful life is a chimera.
What are the downsides of not understanding or valuing one’s life? The life of Jean Paul Getty is the perfect rejoinder to this query. As described by Agustino Fontevecchia (Forbes, July 11, 2014), Jean Paul Getty did build a mighty empire. He was the richest but not the happiest. His ambitions spiraled down to achieving things – finding no time to appreciate the nature of life. He loved things because it would not dethrone him from his empire. Though death was inevitable, Jean might have been confident about cheating the reality of death. A person who knew the value of things could not realize the value of life, human beings, and death.
When your existence does not connect to the lives of the others through love, compassion, and kindness, a meaningful life is a chimera. Life and death are the two faces of the same coin. Life gives meaning to death and vice versa. If we appreciate life, can we appreciate death too.
A person who appreciates life is sure to appreciate nature and the lives of his/her fellow beings too. The catch however is, to prepare for death through a well appreciated life. Thousands of people – the selfish, the cruel, the mean, the kind have changed themselves when careening to death. The Easy E of the famous hip hop band N.W.A was afraid of facing death. The fear of death sapped him of what he owned. Hitler committed suicide intending to jaywalk the traffic of death.
When one is not ready for death, he/she acts impulsively with no second thought. This would culminate in reckless death can turn all the years of one’s life futile. George Washington, on the other hand, appreciated his life and worked for the well-being of society. As a result, he never was afraid of death. He had lived well and was happy and peaceful to bid farewell to his earthly life.
The world commemorates and celebrates the death anniversary of charismatic personalities like George Washington, Nelson Mandela, and Mahatma Gandhi. A happy life leads to living an epic life, and a happy death leads to immortality and maybe more. The happy death of these legendary figures has been a great guide for the whole world in navigating through life and reaching the ultimate destination.
Death continues to raise more doubts and queries on the meaningful existence of humans as social animals, mind beings, and personalities. The mind numbing mystery of what follows death is getting into the nerves of people. Death confounds us all. The world needs to accept it. The only thing what the world can do is to live life, nurture it, care for the others, and eventually prepare oneself for the inevitable. Doing so, happiness and peace would reign over the world amid misery and vanity.
It is self-axiomatic that the concept and reality of death is a prerequisite to living life meaningfully. For the world to be a better place, each human being needs to be praiseworthy of his/her life. We need to dwell in this abode harmoniously and assimilate the dichotomy between life and death, good and bad.
When life thrives in concord, compassion, and sharing, one develops self-awareness. Self-awareness thus paves the way for the preparation of a happy death. Eventually, it comes to the factual conclusion that death makes one’s life meaningful.
Fontevecchia, Agustino. “The Tragedy Of The Gettys: Billions, Affairs, Severed Ears, Drug Overdoses, And Oil”. Forbes, July 11, 2014. Web. https://www.forbes.com/sites/afontevecchia/2014/07/11/the-tragedy-of-the-gettys-billions-affairs-severed-ears-drug-overdoses-and-oil/#4c0e036b2353
Mason, Jeff. “Death and Its Concept”. Philosophersmag. Jan 2015. Web https://www.philosophersmag.com/opinion/17-death-and-its-concept