One of the things that Albom asked at Have a little faith is “What do people fear most about death?” And the Reb answered with a couple of answers including something else – “being forgotten”.
Maybe for someone as young as myself, this would seem a very far-fetched idea. For example, if I were to die tomorrow, being forgotten will be the least of my worries. I would be afraid if I am forgotten now rather than if I’m forgotten when I die.
I’m not a popular figure nor am I someone who can make it to the news on TV or the radio. I am just an average individual, attempting my best to live a decent life. I want to share my ideas and inspire other people to think and be insightful of their lives, only then can we truly understand the ways of the world and only then can we start on acting upon solutions that we can take part in. If I am forgotten when I die, it will probably be because I didn’t do much or I didn’t do my part for the people, or for anyone at that.
I think people fear death because it is “unknown.” Amongst the many things we can perceive with our five senses or those that can be experimented and theorized upon, death will always be something mystical and in ways, religious – something that can only be understood through faith.
I think this can be further explored as we feel an extra tug on our shoulders when we watch movies such as The Day After Tomorrow, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Knowing and the upcoming movie, 2012. These movies graphically project nature’s wrath and claim on its land and waters, its alliance with death to harvest the over-ripened human race. Some people (me included) reserve a skeptical eye against movies like this because it rouses “fear and panic” in exchange for little action and half-hearted awareness. I know that it’s meant to stir feelings in any movie-watcher so that we can start taking action now. This is where I take my lead.
I have faith in the human race, its capacity to study and understand what has been laid down in front of its eyes as well as what has been recorded for him/her to use as bases. I’ve read a lot of materials but that’s about all there is to it – the attempts for awareness and the movement towards solution. I am irritated that the US has to be the first to promote such.
No matter what we do and how “globalized” we claim to be, our problems are limited to what is immediate to our needs. We talk of global warming when we are still yet to fully implement the clean air act. We talk of calamity funds when we are still yet to address the issue of corruption in the government. We talk of modernization and development when our cities have become overpopulated, and we cannot even finalize a contraceptives bill due to faith issues. We talk of acquiring investors to provide additional jobs when the number of people who are able to study to qualify themselves for such gets lower as the number of criminals higher day after day. We talk about progress when the poverty base population increases as more people are born poor and the privileged few tightens and attempts to maintain control over a larger percentage of the population.
If I were to create a Filipino version of 2012 or such that shall claim death over Filipinos, it wouldn’t necessarily be something related to global warming for that’s something default, for everyone. Nobody would want a calamity and science is here to warn us of that, I believe in Science and I’ll let it do its job. More than the study though, I believe in people.
What I fear can result into our own destruction is a civil war – an internal conflict that shall stir the sleeping spirits of the masses and a communistic appeal of government, for those who have nothing else to lose but everything to gain are willing to risk all that they have to hold on to an idea of hope and change.
It is not really death that makes it fearful. It is the unknown.
If there is such a thing, life is a conscious unknown but we do not fear it. We embrace it with open arms and celebrate it to the fullest. Death completes that circle, but until then, we persevere.