I recently picked up Skinny Legs and All by Tom Robbins and couldn’t put it down. I may go back and reread his other books soon; so many laughs and such good thoughts like:
Of course, as long as there were willing followers, there would be exploitive leaders. And there would be willing followers until humanity reached that philosophical plateau where it recognized that its great mission in life had nothing to do with any struggle between classes, races, nations, or ideologies, but was, rather, a personal quest to enlarge the soul, liberate the spirit, and light up the brain. On that quest, politics was simply a roadblock of stentorian baboons.
If you are afraid of dieing, I strongly recommend investigating your belief and the way you are living your life because it is just silly to be afraid of something as inevitable as death.
The most absurd example of what I’m getting at is the popemobile, a bullet-proof vehicle that was built after an assignation attempt on Pope John Paul II. Think about it. The Pope presumably is living a good life in the eyes of God. If anyone is going to get into heaven, it is going to be the Pope, right? What better way to go than at the hands of an assassin? You die a martyr here in this life, you are welcomed into heaven on the other side and back on earth you are on a fast-track for sainthood. Sorry, but I’ve got to question the sincerity of the Pope’s belief.
We are all walking “through the valley of the shadow of death.” To live is to face death because every living thing will die.
When someone receives a cancer diagnosis, they go through stages: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance; with acceptance comes, well, interestingly enough, life. Surely you have heard stories of people who, faced with death, investigated their lives and made some serious changes; literally started living the life they envisioned for themselves. Why wait? Start living your life today.