// the impermanence of life
having done way too much research on death for my grad school applications, I’ve decided to raise some of the questions here, too.
first of all, what is death exactly? for instance, have you ever thought about the death scene in games: as soon as you die, some magical force brings you back to life ( boy did I jump off the skyscrapers too much in GTA). in a way, you never actually die, you just get annoyed at the inconvenience of waiting for the gameplay to load your last checkpoint. yet you don’t realize the act of death and it’s moral significance. you see it as a sheer reason for annoyance.
growing up, we don’t think about mortality. we don’t realize the fact that our lives have an expiration date. that’s why so many people live their lives as if it was the first draft forgetting that, in fact, it’s the final one. however, I couldn’t help but wonder what if our lives did more or less mimic games’ interpretation of death? what if Buddhist teachings about reincarnation, samsara (the circle of life), and karma were true? I like the idea of being reborn as some energy particles or star dust. since there is no death or life, according to Buddhism, maybe this life is a game of some sort. no, I’m not talking about the Matrix now. what if life implied death and death implied life? this is such a liberating thought.