Death - The Life Giver
This is a health blog so Thinking a great deal about my past few posts regarding the brain and how to use nuero expansion to combat depression it leads me back to the beginning.
Why bother we're just going to die anyway? This is a common thought. It is said by basically anyone who doesn't want tyo get healthy or improve. Why so appealing? Because it is true.
I heard it said recently in an with Aldous Huxley saying something along the lines of - we as a society are so preoccupied with death control that we have forgotten about birth control. And my hero Alan Watts constantly connecting life to death as the head and the tail of the same cat who when asked about all kinds of healthy living (most of which he didn't care for as far as I can tell) saying I could if I wanted to spend all my time preparing to live of coarse then I wouldn't be living.
I think about these things a great deal. I don't think being healthy is better and each person has to decide how healthy they want to be. I simply got bored with being unhealthy and I feel like I took it as far I could while staying alive to have fun trying out the health side of things. There is an equal and opposite price to be paid either way.
Is it better to burn out or fade away? no right answer.
The trap is how to be ok with death without being too ok with death. Its a balance and no one can say how to handle it. Some people are healthy because they are terified of death and that terror in turn is unhealthy. You see the problem here. Others are so ok with the idea of dying that they become suicidal also not good....I guess. I have never had an issue with people killing themselves. I had a friend kill himself and I thought to myself. he wanted to make his own decitions. Unfortunatly most of these suicides are done in an altered state which makes them different from honorable suicides like when a soldier would choose to kill himself as to not serve his enemy doing this with a clear mind and knowing his convictions are intact. No right answers here but I will say from my perspective in the health industry so much of our efferts are to cheat death. I saw a notable biohacker today who promotes all kinds of pills and gadgets ( most are silly at best but have made him rich in the process) he wants to live to be 170 or something. Sounds like a fun game to play as long as it is not a fear based game. Everything in nature has a way of killing off the weak and wasteful. In our own bodies if this process doesn't happen we get very ill, same with everything else in nature. But nature has figured out just how much and who to kill of as it is always eating itself while giving birth to itself at the same time. We are seperate from this or at least we think we are. I, as a former vegan, now look at universal veganism as a first world out of touch with nture type of religion that seeks to dethrone nature and make it submit to what they call consiousness. The issue is that the first rule of consiopusness is that you are not only a body. I never understood arbitrary lines of vegan ethics but then all lines are arbitrary.
I'm not promoting killing or death but I am chalenging they way we look at it or pointing out that most of us don't.
Grief is something that must be learned like everything else in micro doses and the dose makes the poison. Of coarse the more we hold on the more we suffer and at the same time if we are indifferent about death we come across cold and evil. The key is balance and discernment (back to the 4 swords of truth blog)
I have grieved a marriage and I think I knew I was holding onto things but at the same time I wanted the time I had put into the thing to matter as it was not something separate from me but we grieve the hybrid construct of use with a death or break up.
I heard a neuro science talk on the neurology of grief recently and of coarse the brain has to rewire itself or learn how to be without the thing that is now gone. This takes time so honor that if you are grieving. Take ownership of your grief. It is ok if you want to hold on to it but choose to. It is ok to let go of it but choose to. Honor then becomes the goal in the process. Self honor which more and more is becoming my super goal that all other goals spring from. Honoring myself. No victim thoughts. Not in life and not in death.
Pick your poison. Is it better to burn out or fade away. It is up to you. Look at death as the giver of life. if it goes away so does the ability to live.
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