For the greater part of human existence, most societies lived fully conscious, on a daily basis, about death, regardless of their societal status.
The thought of dying, however, began to dwindle as industrial and scientific revolutions greatly increased wealth and the well-being of societies around the world.
For the past couple of centuries, and thanks to several industrial and scientific revolutions, wealthy individuals seemed to have had greater concerns in their mind than the fear of death, despite world war I and II and a couple of pandemics.
During the past few decades the fear of death seems to have been absent from most people’s mind as they began taking life for granted . . . until March 2020 when the world was hit with a new pandemic.
No one likes to live a life in fear of dying. Yet, we are all dying on a daily basis from the moment we are born.
Our priorities, focus, dedication, etc., are inextricable determined by our behavior which, in turn, is determined — among other things — by our view on life, or by our view on death.
It seems much easier to live a life carried away to extreme positions, on one hand by the banal and futile that boost our ego. And on the other hand by the fear of death that restricts us and paralyzes us.
Ideally, we should live with a higher purpose that forces us to confront reality and our mortality, while making the most of our God-given talents and time for the greater good.
Finding the right balance between our view on life and our view on death seems the wise thing to do to keep us from acedia and/or futility.
We humans are social beings by nature. A life without someone to share with is meaningless because it becomes an empty life. No matter how much power or money we may have, if we do not share however much or however little we have, life becomes void of any meaning.
The best thing we can share is love, kindness, and compassion.
JC Wandemberg Ph.D.
President & Founder
About the author: Dr. Wandemberg is an international consultant and stocks trader, keynote speaker, published author, professor, and analyst of economic, environmental, social, managerial, marketing, and political issues. For the past 30 years Dr. Wandemberg has collaborated with corporations, communities, and organizations to integrate sustainability through self-transformation processes and Open Systems Design Principles, thus, catalyzing a Culture of Trust, Transparency, and Integrity.