Life and Death: Two Sides of a Coin or One Single Thread
Exploring varying views on life and death
Life and death. Death and life. Are they two sides of the same coin or a single thread, parts of a whole that flow together not unlike a river that flows into the sea? Undoubtedly, all of us have pondered the truth about life and death at some point in time.
It is hard to understand what is unknown to us. Case in point: Death. No live being has ever been consciously, physically dead, thus there is no firsthand knowledge on life after death. There is also no possible means to contact anyone on the other side. This lack of knowledge creates a fear of what is to come. No one knows what to expect—no one will ever be prepared for death.
Life itself is difficult to fathom. We live life, but not everyone is able to reach a point where he understands it completely. Sometimes, right when we conclude that we finally have it figured out, we realize that it is such a complicated thing. Our mortal minds are not capable of comprehending its complexity.
Despite the uncertainty, there are a lot of views on life and death. Some say they are opposites; you are either dead or alive. There are no gray areas for such contrasting conditions. There is also the notion that death is the culmination of life—an endpoint. Such varying perceptions has led to quotes about life and death that may or may not be true for everyone.
“The hour of departure has arrived, and we go our separate ways, I to die, and you to live. Which of these two is better only God knows.” —Socrates
“Life and death are illusions. We are in a constant state of transformation.” —Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
“The real question is not whether life exists after death. The real question is whether you are alive before death.” —Osho Rajneesh
“End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it.” —J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King
Ultimately, how one sees life and death directs the way one lives. What is important is being able to live a life so full that you die content and satisfied.
Trettenero, Scott. “The Duality of Life and Death.” Psychreg. May 28, 2017. Accessed October 11, 2017. http://www.psychreg.org/life-death/.