Do you feel that life is completely flat and dull? Or do you feel that you can never get a grip on anything in your life and it is totally out of your control?
Ultimately, we have to embrace chaos.
Death is chaotic; we lose everything that we have been working for our entire lives. It is the ultimate expression of chaos. Every single thing that we have ever done is swept away. We cease to exist.
No living creature wants that.
Living is awesome. It is amazing to be able to use our senses to negotiate a beautiful and awe-inspiring world. There are up and there are downs, but we all cling to the preciousness of life with a white-knuckled grip.
Death waits for us as we go about our lives.
The funny thing about death is that it is fairly organized and orderly. It happens in a certain way for every living thing. It appears chaotic from the outside, but it is rhythmic in its processes.
We lose consciousness, we lose blood, our heart stop, air leaves our lungs, electrical activity in our brain crackles and slowly fades. And then, it all stops, and the being who we were a moment ago is no longer there.
The physical body remains, and becomes food for bacteria, fungi, and microorganisms. All proceeding in a natural cycle that has gone on for hundreds of millions of years.
And perhaps across the vast universe there are a dozen planets like ours, harboring life in a similar manner, and trillions of life forms being born, living, and dying every year, just like on our planet.
The sheer vastness of that much life and death is hard to comprehend.
So we focus on our own lives. All of us struggle to get through all that we must do every day, right? We have our struggles, we have our triumphs, and we successes and failures. We find love and lose it, we grow old and lose friends, family, and beloved pets.
From the tops of mountains life soars to the bottoms of the oceans.
Every day we work hard to put our lives into some kind of order. After a few decades of living, we start to realize that our…