Day 26 – Humanity’s Common Bond

January 4, 2015

(This is part of a 365 project during my 70th year where I write and illustrate a blog on each day's gift.)

Another visit to a funeral home today. These visits are becoming more frequent lately. At least we are all in this together. Everyone shares the same future although our paths to the end might vary. No one gets out of this life alive—it is a common bond of humanity. 

Although death is never pleasant, in a way it is a gift.

Suppose death were not a given and our lives were to go on indefinitely. Forget about the logistics of over population and aging bodies. Let’s suppose those issues would not be problems. As of 2014, the average life expectancy for the United States is 79.56 years according to the CIA Fact Book, 77.11 for males and 81.94 for females. In the hypothetical deathless world, those end numbers would not exist. Suppose there is no average end of life expectancy. Suppose we would continue to live indefinitely.

Would that change the way we live now? I suspect that it might. It would be so easy to say, “I’ll do it tomorrow” because tomorrow would be guaranteed. It is the gift of death that makes now most precious. It is the impending final farewell that makes us appreciate today. Death is the catalyst for us to give our lives meaning.

Today’s gift is death.

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