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Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight

Posted: Thu, August 08, 2013 | By: MILE



Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.” ~Albert Schweitzer

Life and death are in your hands.

If you watch somebody put a gun to somebody’s head and then watch while they slowly pull the trigger, then you helped pull the trigger. If you support programs to help stop people from becoming killers, and to stop killers, then you are part of the global riddance of killers.

It makes no difference if you can play with rocks or a sub atomic virtual reality dimension transporter if you are going to obliterate for eternity 80 short year blinks later.

If somebody writes an eloquent book, binds it and then burns it, it is better to have never written the book. If a wondrous dimension exists that no consciousness, nothing, has ever known, and it is snuffed out before anything ever can then it may as well have never existed.

 

Mummies, religion, the fountain of youth, the holy grail, sorcery, countless snake oils, afterlife’s, reincarnation, humanity has long desperately striven to put the brakes on the slow terrifying skid into obliteration.

The hellish chopping block of death drips with the blood of an eternity of viciously tortured lives. The slide to that block will be stopped, and there will be a last to die on it. This is why we FIGHT for indefinite life extension.

This is why, as Kahlil Gibran would say, we “rest in reason, and MOVE in passion.”

This is why John Donne said,

“No man is an island, entire of itself.

Every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.

If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less,

as well as if a promontory were, 

as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were. 

Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind

and therefore, never send to know for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee.” 

This is why Dante wrote that,

“The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crises maintain their neutrality” 

This is why Einstein said that, 

“The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”

I walk through cemeteries to pay homage to the dead, to pay respects to their memory, times, and all they’ve accomplished and toiled through to deliver us here across the precipice of time to unlock the doors to these increasingly more fantastic worlds of fascinating wonder and opportunity. Facing that anguish in these cemeteries I visit is a difficult challenge, but it’s one that I gladly face and take on as head on as I can. We are all in this together, the good and the bad, those of us past and the present, be it through progeny and legacy or things like biology or homage. We look to make our way, figure this life out and harness it for what its worth; everything, the big picture, not just ourselves, towns, states, countries, not even our world; not the solar system, not the galaxy, not even the universe. Life is worth all of existence, and existence is unfathomably complex, diverse and teeming with opportunity. 

The abilities of modern people are an extraordinary scientific, technological and engineering harvest, with no end in sight, achieved through the toil of ancient beings that had the will and ability to shape the elements. There is nothing more valuable than every human soul. I fight for myself, I fight for my family and friends, the world, and I fight for all of the noble souls that have been devastated by death, reduced by the coldest, darkest disrespect down in the mulch of the earth. Life gets hard, it rains, the wind blows, but death doesn’t stop and neither does our respect for and allegiance to life, and our unyielding resolution to put an end to the devastation of death.

 

We rest in reason, and MOVE! like we mean it. 



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