When we are young, death seems to be almost fictional, something to worry old people and to be dealt with in a long future. Young adults have no time to think about it amid a busy life. Nonetheless, there’s a time to consider death a real and near threat.
To reach the certainty of death is so disturbing to some people that they choose suicide instead of coping with a life under the shadow of imminent decease. It’s obviously a senseless decision to give up life because it is not forever, but the feeling of having no control of life span is for sure a distressing situation.
Even for the most serene of men, death is always a deep dilemma. If life is pleasant, we want to live eternally. If life is hellish, it’s better not to live eternally and death may be an exit. For almost everyone of us, life is a mixing of that two extreme situations, sometimes good, sometimes miserable, much of the time tasteless.
Few achieve the plans of youth and have to reformulate their goals or take the failure as a fact of life, a harmless consequence of bad planning.
Everyone wants to be famous and successful, but the real course of life tends to negate to the majority of us that fulfilment. And even the well succeeded are many times unhappy to the verge of a selfdestructive behaviour, through drugs or any risky lifestyle.
In assuming dangerous sports, many people deal with the menace of death as if it were a kind of game, so to feel as dying is a way to reach a more intense presence of life.
This behaviour is not a norm but for everyone of us the constant menace of annihilation gives life a special flavor, mainly when one has just escaped a real life threatening episode. In considering this kind of psychological fact we may deduce life would be very different if death is wiped out of sight. It would be good to be freed from the dread of death, otherwise the spice mortality introduce in life disappears. Even the simple definition of life would be tricky, because we tend to understand life as something opposed to death. If life is the only and perpetual state of being, it would appear as nothing, in the same way as night is defined in opposition to day.
Imagine too, that life is perpetual and there’s nothing to change this feature. And in addition to its unending course suppose that one feel life is unbearable. To that poor human being, suicide is not a suitable solution and if life is hellish so there will be no peaceful rest.
All this reasoning seems to be just wishful thinking in face of a bothering expectation, because if there’s nothing to be done about, try to like the inevitable.
Wishful thinking too is to imagine not life without end but another kind of life waiting around the corner of death. Doubtless that kind of fantasy is quite usual and inspiring to people not willing to take apparency for facts, and no one can prove it is false.
To deem death as a good destiny may be taken as cynical by almost all, but if anyone is challenged to create a new universe in which there’s no death it would be a hard task. One cannot establish rules that apply to anyone but himself, like stating everyone as mortal and the creator as immortal.
In a new universe every single person must be immortal, if this is the rule. Therefore is easy to foresee many difficulties in such new environment. One of the first to come to mind is the bear of new people, is it possible to produce new human beings that are destined to be immortal an live forever? Or just a fixed stock of people is allowed to life forever and without any kind of reproduction? So, a logical consequence of eternity is the needless of reproduction and hence the obsolescence of sex as a reproduction process, but if sex is of no use, all the reproductive organs are destined to atrophy and disappearance. That would be the end of sex drive and all the behaviour around it.
Contrary to the hypothesis behind, one may create a different world in which only death is removed from, all the rest remains. Sex and reproduction goes in the old fashion. In this scenario we may find people living together with ages differing by centuries, amid a constant crowding.
In these two attempts to change nature becomes easy to understand how absurd the new situation turns out to be. There’s no human mind that accepts the world as a perfect place, but when one try to change it the results seem worst than ever.
That’s is no surprise if we believe in Darwin and take for true that all living creature has been adapted to the world since the beginning of times. Unlike the Candide of Voltaire I don’t think this is the best of the possible worlds but this is the World. And humans are prepared to it and not for another else, imagined by a simple mortal.