A collection of short essays compiled from the 52Weeks series between December 01 and December 29, curated here to document our theories on the process of being. See the related short essays, Life.
November 07 2018
Because of its nebulous nature there is difficulty simply writing about death, but in the coming weeks we will take a brief opportunity to consider the nature of our end. While not a cheerful topic, we consider it captivating, and necessary to consider if we want to stay grounded in life.
Despite its simplicity, we do not know what it means to die, and to even begin to comprehend first requires a discussion of the origin of life, to provide sufficient background for contemplating its destination. More to come.
It is necessary at some point in his life that he comes to feel from the fullness of himself—even if for only a short moment—that this unconscious preference and love that he has for an impermanent human existence, as well as the wrong value and importance he attaches to it, are nothing but a kind of hypnotic state from which he must struggle to awaken and free himself—a state having its origin in the collective thinking and mind of humankind.
Origin of awareness
After the universe began, innumerable rocks found places among an infinite number of stars, among them scattered different elements from which different life forms have likely emerged through a process similar to the evolution on Earth, but depending on local conditions. So, just like here, the occurrence of life in the universe is nothing more than a certain arrangement of matter being in the right place at the right time.
It is no coincidence that life on this planet evolved based on oxygen and water. Over the eons since Earth found a place orbiting our sun, these elements coalesced from the matter dispersed here, their abundance and stability being favored by the conditions borne from Earth's position in our solar system. Eventually life sprang forth, first simple, and then, over time, gradually more complex as it evolved to compete in the ever-changing primitive environment.
As life has evolved, so has its perception. Because its origin is material, consciousness has developed over time, and it is as much a part of life as oxygen and water. Yet, even though it germinated from matter, it is immaterial and unique -- a paradox that has baffled us since the beginning.
A conversation about death requires consideration of both life and awareness, so we next contemplate the evolution of consciousness to understand the condition of its end.
Evolution of consciousness
Cessation of the mind
Perspective and fallacy
The future in My Logic
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