I was taking a nap earlier, and I was waking up, but didn’t feel like getting up. During the time I laid there awake, I asked myself, if humanity were to find out that its final moments were soon to come (for example, a few days from now), what would be our reaction? If we were to come to terms with the fact that we would be closer to our God, what would we think, what is it we would do next? How would we feel about our death? Granted, there are those who might find themselves ending their life before its time out of fear; perhaps, though, it is not because they fear, but because they are angered. They are frustrated, and why, because they do not believe that they had the chance to live their life.
But I ask myself now, is this any reason to be frustrated?
I like to think back George Harrison’s Rising Sun, and the following lyrics: “You can feel your life begin. Universe at play, inside your DNA; you’re a billion years old, today.” I should think, that, individually, we might feel our lives have only just begun. Certainly, if our average life span could not be defined within one century, we might live several hundred year and think that our life is incomplete. Why? Because it seems to never be enough time to do the things we plan. But we should remember that humanity, in the entirety of its existence, has had a population that numbers in the tens of billions (perhaps already having reached the hundred billion mark). We shares over 99% of their genes with the people around us and with our earliest of ancestors. Our DNA is the same DNA of tens of billions of people that ever lived, and, in some way, their experiences are our experiences. We may not have lived through them, and most of the lives of all of humanity has seemingly disappeared as they’ve become forgotten, but they collaborated to form a part of the human experience. I should say, that from this perspective, there might not be a great reason to be frustrated.
Well, those are just my thoughts in the short amount of time that I spent typing this. I’d like to get other opinions though. What are your thoughts on this?