it is an interesting phenomenon when you say goodbye to a dead person. in some religions they are in the ground within 24 hours, others vie for cremation, others have a coffin that is shut out to everyone and you pray around it. then there are open coffin funerals where you have to come face to face with death and the reality of saying goodbye to someone for their time on this planet. the reality is the person in the coffin is at peace and if you believe beyond physical life on earth – hopefully enjoying something far greater than what we have on earth. to those left behind, there is the reality that one day we too will be the body inside the box.
for now, you are the one left behind, here to walk out however much time you have left on your own journey. the reality somehow comes to life in a vivid form when you touch the dead person. yesterday was an 89-year-old man, and I had to smile at this moment, as while his skin was cold, there was a sense that he was indeed somewhere amazing. it was those of us there mourning him and remembering his life that was missing out on the bigger picture – for now
I can’t say I am thrilled with the reality of everyone dying, but I am at peace with it. my big question is what happens after this? is there nothing? or is there something far more amazing? I think the only fear is will I have walked out the time on this life to hear a voice of pure love say, “yeah, come on up, and experience that which everyone forgot about on earth…pure love.”
maybe that is why I enjoy the lines when the priest reminds us that we came into this world with nothing, and the guy in the coffin was left with nothing. it had me think of the futility of a lot of life in the running after happiness and the acquisition of stuff, while foreseeing life is something that will end for each of us on earth
my transhumanism friends want to believe they can overcome life, and I joke to them, “yeah, most religions of the planet say there is something after this life.” they scowl and say, “but you can live forever in your body and this world.”
“look around you. the pride, ego, greed, inequality, lust for power, gluttony and the hatred and inability of so many to get along, even though when you strip off all our covers on the body…we are all the same.”
that is the funny part. doesn’t matter if you are a king, queen, poor man, or homeless…when everyone dies. you are gone from this space.
I have faith that one day we all might come to a place where we get to experience pure love and probably will all feel a bit foolish that we were so far off the mark while living on this earth.
what i smiled about yesterday, was that the 89-year-old man who is at rest. they put his fine hat in his coffin with him. i thought, "now that is a stying way to go meet God."