Monday, January 07, 2013
We are all going to die. No one wants to heat that statement. Most of us don't even believe it. We believe there will be a "cure" for death before our time comes. How weird our society is about death. Other cultures talk of it openly. Here we deny it. We have other names for it such as "passed", "went to a better place", "now at rest", etc. We rarely say die or death.
Regardless of our spiritual beliefs, I think this is an unhealthy situation. To deny reality cannot be good for the life choices we have to make. When someone confronts their mortality, a whole new set of priorities emerge quickly. What matters most becomes apparent - usually these are things quite different than our daily "priorities". How did our lives become so out of touch with reality?
I have a friend who is facing death now. His current wisdom surpasses that of just a few weeks ago. Seeing an end to life has changed him. In some ways, it has opened his eyes.
I pray for him and I pray for us. We are the ones who are still trying to deny reality.