The Necessity of Life
The photo I am using for this post is one I took several months ago. I could never think of a good purpose for it until now, but I think it does a fair job conveying the meaning in what I’ve written. The focus of this post is the writing which was inspired by Matt and Roni whose comments to a post I made earlier got me thinking. This is the result of that thought. The Necessity of Life The path is not always clear, and the destination rarely known. And while purpose evades us, evasion concerns us yet all the while we seek but hope. But what reason have we to find our place or fall with grace if death is what awaits? And what purpose will our achievements serve when we are gone if their sole end was to lead us to ours? Do not think that existence of self is defined upon the precondition of necessity, for we are all singularly unnecessary. We will die and fade as our self-serving accomplishments and possessions outlast us far beyond the care of those who succeed us. And while the pleasures of living are certainly grand, the inevitability of dying will never be escaped… despite our greatest efforts. Why then search for purpose, what can be found that has even a semblance of permanence? A great man once said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Perhaps this is true, but either way, The examined and unexamined life both end with death – that is the single greatest truth of life. The source of life’s significance lies in its end. For if we all lived forever, nothing would truly matter anymore. Gone would be the need for hope, love, generosity, compassion, mercy… Immortality would destroy the very things that make us live, the very things that make us human. And in being human we must accept the conditions of our life and death or suffer the consequences. We were not born to live a life of isolation or self-importance. We were not born to find immortality. And though we are all singularly unnecessary, together we form the fabric that transcends all meaning and purpose. Together we experience hope, love, generosity, compassion, mercy… Together we experience the necessity of being alive.