We are all near death. It's all around us. It's just how we define it, is what matters; negatively or positively. Not contemplating it, is by far the best thing because you are going to eventually wear out. You will exhaust yourself. Why contemplate that which is destined to happen? It has to do with the rate at which you live your life and how much friction you cause or that which is inflicted upon you; that is what determines how long you live and the quality of that life. Not just physically, but mentally as well.
Everything in nature is cyclical. Are we any different? No, of course not. The universe doesn't waste anything, it refines it. It betters itself and travels in one direction. Do we retard that? No. We retard ourselves if we dread our own death, in that we try to "hold on to it" because it is familiar to us. Like one poster maintain a bird in the hand is better. Not by a long shot. You have to let that bird go, or you imprison it.
The reason we don't remember our past is because there is no life there. It's dead and gone forever. The only reason we go there is in an effort to find out who we are. We will never figure that out and when we back up and go there, we retard our own growth and more or less get stuck in limbo; between life and death, without fully realizing and appreciating the life we do have.
[QUOTE Alan] We are all born with a fatal ailment and we call it life, the outcome of which is always death. [END QUOTE]
It only become an ailment, if you are "sick" of it; and we all know what sickness is and there are a number of people who profit from that sickness. That's the real problem.
[QUOTE Alan] Do you think death and the possible annihilation of self into the eternal abyss is the ultimate fear of humans?[END QUOTE]
Alan, perhaps these words mean something to you, but I can't imagine what they mean; "annihilation, eternal abyss, ultimate fear", and for those who do imagine such, to me, indicates a "sickness/negativeness" they are feeling in the life they have. Now that's not a bad thing, it's more of what we call a "normal thing" and that is what is sad. We just accept it and do all we can to prevent it. There's a profit to be made there also, don't forget.
This life we have to "pay" for, is killing us. I know, broken record, same old song, huh? I will keep pounding those keys and maintain that tune until the day I recycle; you can count on it. Now will I come back here? That depends on whether or not I have anything left to offer. Whether I do or not is not left up to me and that is why I don't worry about it and maintain my balance. I will go with the flow where ever it leads in a positive direction as I will resist anything negative that others tend to throw my way. That's a load others will have to unburden themselves of, yet I will endeavor to help in any way that I can to assist them and if I can, I will exhaust myself gladly and look forward to coming back and sharing that life.
Leave death alone and you will begin to live your life, what there is of it for nature will take it's course no matter what you do and when your are done, you are done; and there is nothing you can do about it. It will maintain it's balance and the load it carries; if we are not in balance with it, it will make the necessary adjustments. That's the gravity of the situation.
Most are carrying more load than they are supposed to carry and we will do all we can to lessen it as we try to "off load" it to others. If we were more balanced we would be able to carry the load without effort and all would begin to live life in such a way all will enjoy.