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  • Writer's pictureSusie Barber

We are Finite

In the vast tapestry of existence, our lives are but a blip on the radar, a fleeting moment in the grand scheme of things. We are born, we live, and ultimately, we must face our ultimate demise. Death, the great equalizer, comes for us all in the end.

For some, the thought of mortality is a terrifying prospect, a reminder of our fragility and impermanence. They shy away from contemplating such a bleak reality, seeking solace in distractions and illusions of immortality. But denying the inevitable only serves to prolong the inevitable and rob us of the chance to truly appreciate the beauty and preciousness of life.

Others, however, confront the spectre of death head-on, embracing it as a natural part of the cycle of life. They understand that death gives meaning to life, grounding us in the present moment and urging us to make the most of our fleeting time on this earth. Rather than fearing the unknown, they see death as a teacher, guiding us to live with courage, compassion, and gratitude.

In the realm of symbolism, death is often portrayed as a grim reaper, a figure cloaked in darkness and wielding a scythe to sever the thread of life. But in reality, death is not a malevolent force seeking to snuff out our existence, but rather a transformative one, leading us from one phase of being to the next. Just as the caterpillar must surrender to the cocoon to emerge as a butterfly, so too must we embrace the inevitability of death to fully appreciate the richness of life. History is replete with examples of how different cultures have grappled with the concept of mortality. The ancient Egyptians, for instance, believed in an afterlife where the soul would journey to the realm of Osiris to be judged for its deeds in life. They meticulously preserved their dead through elaborate mummification rituals, convinced that the body was necessary for the soul to achieve eternal life. In contrast, the Stoics of ancient Greece and Rome advocated for a more philosophical approach to death, viewing it as a natural part of the human experience.

The Stoic philosopher Seneca famously wrote that we are born to die, and we die to live, underscoring the idea that death is not to be feared but accepted as a vital aspect of the human condition.

As we navigate our journey through life, we must come to terms with the reality of our mortality. Rather than shying away from the inevitable, we can choose to embrace it as a source of wisdom and inspiration.

By acknowledging our finite existence, we are empowered to live with purpose, passion, and presence, making the most of every precious moment we are granted. In the end, death is not the end but a new beginning, a gateway to the unknown that awspectre all. As we face the mysteries of the great beyond, let us do so with courage, grace, and humility, knowing that our lives, though finite, are imbued with infinite potential and possibility.

For in the face of death, we find the true essence of our humanity and the eternal spark of our soul.


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