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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

There is a commonly held belief that we die as we have lived. Is this true?

The saying contains an assumption that there is continuity to our lives. I question this. Thought constructs the notion of continuity, but it may only be thought itself that believes there is such continuity. In actuality, life is beyond measure. Time is the means by which we measure life, but life is not broken up into units called yesterday, now, tomorrow. These terms are only for our convenience, but they are not facts. We mistake them for facts.

I'm not at all convinced that we invariably die as we have lived. If, on closer examination, discontinuity in fact characterizes life, then death is unpredictable. Someone may have lived a very cloistered existence, hold up in their house or apartment, rarely venturing out. When death arrives, he or she may embrace it with a wholehearted welcome, an outgoing warmth and cheerfulness. We simply don't know. Perhaps the saying, "we die as we live," originated in fear and was intended as a warning or admonition that turns out to be unnecessary. We live as we live; and we die as we die. . . as yet undetermined.

sudden wind
it changes
my last breath

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