Now, there really isn’t anything radically wrong with being sick or with dying. Who said you’re supposed to survive?Who gave you the idea that it’s a gas to go on and on and on?
And we can’t say that’s it’s a good thing for everything to go on living, from the very simple demonstration that if we enable everybody to go on living, we overcrowd ourselves.
So therefore, one person who dies in one way is honourable because he’s making room for others
We can also look further into it and see that if our death could be indefinitely postponed, we would not actually go on postponing it indefinitely. Because, after a certain point we would realise that that isn’t the way in which we wanted to survive. w
Why else would we have children? Because children arrange for us to survive in another way, by, as it were, passing on a torch, so that you don’t have to carry it all the time. There comes a point where you can give it up, and say ” now you go.”
It’s a far more amusing arrangement for Nature to continue the process of life through different individuals than it is always with the same individuals. Because, as each new individual passes through Life, Life is renewed. And one remembers how fascinating the most ordinary, everyday things are to a child. Because they seem them all as marvellous, because they seem them all in a way tat isn’t related to survival and profit. When we get to thinking of everything in terms of survival and profit margin, as we do, then, the shapes of scratches on the floor cease to have Magic. And most things, in fact, cease to have Magic. So therefore, in the course of Nature, once we have ceased to see magic in the world anymore, we are no longer fulfilling Nature’s game which is to be aware of itself. There’s no point in it anymore. And so we die. And so something else comes to birth, which gets an entirely new view. It is not, therefore, natural for us to try to prolong Life indefinitely.
But we live in a culture where it has been rubbed into us, in every conceivable way, that to die is a terrible thing. And that is a tremendous disease from which our culture, in particular, suffers.
The gentleman says it much better than I can. Please enjoy the video. I will blog this week, promise.