Marks and Remarks
Food for the Mind and Eye

No. 0100, December 23, 2016


Death is not a problem. Life is.

Copyright 2016 by S. W. Paul Wyszkowski

Copyright 2016 by S. W. Paul Wyszkowski

     Hereinabove two more images that did not make it into the 2017 calendar...

     Life, from A to Z, is one problem after another. OK, challenge (we're talking existential optimism here). The art of life is to enjoy meeting these challenges, win or lose, and learning from them how best to deal with (and enjoy) challenges to come. It's like a computer game, only real, in full 360 degree 3D and fully haptic. There are rules but you have to discover them as you go (with somewhat dubious assistance from the Authorities and History).

     Death? Death means game over. No problems, no stress, only fading memories among those who knew you and the decaying evidence of your now past actions in the world. As for you, personally, there is no you. Unless you believe in life after death in which case you may have problems after all. We in this life know nothing about that. We're busy with our own challenges, among them how to manage the inevitable end of our personal lives.

     It has been noted that there is only one way to enter this world but any number of ways to leave it. There's always the possibility of an accidental exit which may be mercifully quick or may involve a lengthy (and essentially unnecessary) period of bodily and/or mental malfunction before death finally solves the problem. In any case, it is a matter of being able to continue to enjoy (in both transitive and intransitive sense) dealing with life's challenges to the very end after which all our concerns and anxieties cease to exist.

     Or not. Me, I'm an optimist. Although, I admit, the idea of meeting new challenges at some vastly higher level of consciousness is quite appealing. On the other hand, being reincarnated as a cockroach is not. Nor is the eternal terminal boredom of having achieved perfection. ("You don't need to worry about that," Prickles observes, and she's absolutely right, thank heavens.)

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