Wednesday pondering – on life and death

12 years ago people died – and we commemorate them each year.

The truth is we all die. Everything dies. It’s in nature’s course. It only matters HOW you die, and how you lived your life before that. We shouldn’t merely survive for a number of years; we should actually LIVE our lives. We should live and learn, and teach others what we learned. We should teach our children that death is indeed a part of life, and that we should try to not inflict it on other people – or other beings. Any beings.

Those of you who know me also know that I’m not much of a religious person, but one doesn’t have to be very much religious in order to know that at least one of the Christian Ten Commandments, “Thou shall not kill”, is above Christianity, above any religion at all. It’s about the essence of humanity which is supposedly flowing through our veins.

But people died 12 years ago, like people died 50 years ago, or 2000 years ago, often innocent and not deserving the torture and the horror to which they were submitted. Now, 12 years later, or 50 years later, or 2000 years later, we, the living, have learned nothing from that. Maybe we should all start this learning with the famous “Primum non nocere” – “First, do no harm”. Whatever “harm” may mean.

 

© Liliana Negoi

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