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To be or not to be. To live or to die. To exist or vanish from society. Since the beginning of humanity we question whether it is worth its value. We fabricate higher beings, give value to material goods, and struggle to appreciate the only thing we really obtain; ourselves.

To live is to occupy time and space. Life is to breath, to exist, and to serve a purpose that has no meaning. The basic necessities of life are food, water, shelter, and procreation. In the past these necessities were sought after with sacrifice. Life was about living.

Throughout time humankind has developed these necessities into luxuries. In my time food is simplified to a large light up board and an attendant over a loud speaker in a drive-through lane. Shelter is simplified to structures built with concrete and steel. Shelter is now given a large value that is set up on a payment plan that very possibly will outlive the person acquiring it. The necessities of life are now dulled into monetary objects that will erode far after the individuals trying to obtaining them.

Life is deemed as fragile, and in fact it is. A simple gunshot to the roof of your mouth, a deep stab wound inflicted between your ribs, or an excessive dosage of prescribed medication, will all diminish life instantly. At the same time, if you take away life, society is set up so you lose your own. Life is a dice game. Dice that you tumble
around in your hand, squint before letting loose, and then hope you donít see snake eyes when they fall; you hope you donít spontaneously greet death.

Death is to end life. Circumstantial evidence will tell you that death is the end and there is nothing else. In death you still occupy space, but you donít occupy time. After death there is not life, but during life there is only death. In death there are no necessities as you are no longer a creature, a beast, a human. Death is the only real fate and death is the only real purpose. Death is the only answer to life, as the rest of the answers are only temporary.

In life we look for a cure for everything so we can delay death. A disease, a complex, a defect; we want an answer and we want it today, as there could be no tomorrow.

In time recent evolution has not brought about peace, it has brought laziness and convenience. Humanity is about a lackadaisical lifestyle while we await death . We donít want to live, we want somebody else to live for us. Nobody hates life like humans do, but at the same time fear death. Irony.

When life is turned into death the media turns it into a tragedy. Plane crashes, war causalities, cancer victims, and suicide; all viewed as a tragic happening. When viewed at a large scale, life and death is always a statistic. How many people smoke, and how many die from it. How many people drive cars, and how many people crash them into an oncoming vehicle at 45 mph.

Humans fear death. As far as any records go there is an elaboration on death; religion. A run-on sentence to the short phrase of life. Humans donít want a period they
want a comma, or better yet a semicolon. Humans want to soften the blow. We donít want death to be the end, so we create the possibility of more. Heavens full of virgins, stiff drinks, and illustrious enlightenment. Nothing sells better than a happy ending.

Life is the beginning and death is the end. Death is what we fear so much that we forget to appreciate life. Life is a paranoia of it self, and a paranoia of death. Life is irony, and death is the punchline. Life is a fragile box, and death is the UPS handler. Life is about trying to extend death, and death is about trying to finish life. Compare and contrast. To live or to die. To be or not to be.

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The following comments are for "Life, Death, and Humanity"
by ChuckJazzman

Collective View?
By using 'We' throughout this piece it appears that you claim to speak for eveyone, stating the views of all, possibly to help ease your responsibility for the personal views that you have?

I found reading this without the 'we' being clearly defined made me want to scream... No we don't!

It would be an interesting exercise for you to write this using 'I' instead of 'We' and then see if you totally agree with the messages you are proclaiming....


( Posted by: ivordavies [Member] On: July 28, 2006 )

Collective View
Great comment. Thanks for the feedback and taking time to read my essay.

This piece was entirely improvised. The view was my own disgust for the way humans tend to deal with life and death. My own view on the subject matter is not necessarily consistent with what I wrote here. More of an observational standpoint as opposed to my own opinion on the subject.

In the ideas expressed I did use the term "we' loosely and now see that if it doesn't even express my own views than it must be wrongly used.

Some of the messages I do find to be obvious and consistent with mainstream humanity.


( Posted by: ChuckJazzman [Member] On: July 29, 2006 )

I tend to agree with Ivor, and the thoughts in your piece do not reflect all cultures in the world, especially "laziness and convenience," and you'd be surprised how many people in the world don't drive cars or have access to healing drugs. I kind of take it your thoughts in this piece are directed more toward western culture, specifically the U.S.

As an aside, the poet Ann Sexton said something to the effect, "Live or die, just don't ruin everything."

( Posted by: gomarsoap [Member] On: July 29, 2006 )

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