How do you value your life? Your being?
One thing we know is that we will die. That sets us apart as humans. For a long time most people engage in the denial of death. Some people live that way for a lifetime. Others, even at a young age, perceive their life differently - as part of something more. They even dedicate a whole life to that. Most of us are somewhere in between.
Somewhere in mid-life, I began to reckon with death. I was fascinated with geology - the passage of time. I love the layers of rock. I've pondered how mountains erode. Wind and water and cold and heat and plants do their work. And mountains wear down. Layers of sediment build up under the sea. The land rises and we see the layers of long-gone seas - in mountains. All around us, right now, we're seeing the erosion of so much we took for granted.
Right now at the Cafe we're a pondering group, it seems. Pondering the big ideas. Asking the big questions. Considering a shaman long dead, the value of her life. And the value of her death and burial. Watching civilization as we know it seeming to go up in smoke. Peering ahead into the new, changed world that is coming upon us, unbidden but relentless.
So, how do you value your life? How do you value what is most precious but cannot last? Does it affect how you live, knowing you will die?
TPM Cafe: Serving food for thought
There's faith - in something or nothing. And there's doubt in between. Since something can't be proven. And nothing can't be proven either, we have a choice of (at least) three.