Life has purpose if we choose to find it and strive towards its fulfillment. But what of one’s demise? When the death of someone whom we hold dear comes too soon and unexpectedly, what purpose d...
Life has purpose if we choose to find it and strive towards its fulfillment. But what of one’s demise? When the death of someone whom we hold dear comes too soon and unexpectedly, what purpose does it serve? What reason will satisfy those who are left behind?
Some live very long lives, while others inexplicably do not. What determines how long our lives will be?
We can choose to believe that all things are accidental and that death comes merely by chance. Men of science assert that everything is the result of entropy and chaos. Therefore, even our deaths are merely the product of random occurrence, uncertain and unpredictable.
However, believing this may prompt us to become obsessed with our safety and health. The sheer randomness of it all may make us so afraid that we are driven almost to the brink of paranoia.
On the other hand, we can choose to believe that death comes predetermined by some higher power. But if this is the case, will this not move us to question the wisdom of celestial justice? The unforeseen death of loved ones will often shake the foundations of our faith. It may even break it.
Therefore, the paradox is clear.
On the one hand, the absence of faith and the belief in the randomness of the universe frees us from the risk of spiritual anguish. But it renders both life and death meaningless. Having faith on the other hand, comes with it the possibility of it being shattered by the pain of incomprehensible loss.
The one true conclusion we can arrive at is that life is precious no matter what we believe. And we must necessarily accept that all life comes to an end, unexpectedly or not. Sorrow is but a natural consequence of losing someone close to us. And this should move us to appreciate and value more deeply the people around us especially those whom we hold dear.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Frederick Fabella, PhD is a research director and a graduate and undergraduate professor in the Philippines. He is an editorial board member of the IRP international research journal and a Fellow of the Royal Institution Singapore. He is the author of Transcendence: Essays For Personal Reflection. His blog can be found at Meanings and Perceptions.