A few days ago I came across a question on a Quora “What’s the point in living if everyone dies?”
I was a little taken aback at this question and I was wondering as to why would someone post a question like that. It felt that it was portraying negativity all through. And as usual we put our smart hats on as we wanted to come up with a clever answer and this was what we wrote
” Einstein lived, Einstein died…Gandhi lived, Gandhi died…Lincoln lived, Lincoln died…but Einsteiness never died…Gandhism never died…Lincolness never died :)”
Yes! At one end, we are talking about a legacy! But none of these guys were looking at a legacy when they were doing it. I am sure Gandhi was not looking at leaving behind a legacy when he professed and lived the idea of non violence. He was not even looking at being hailed a hero if I may go to that extent of imagination. For him, I guess life was simple, he knew his calling, he knew what he felt was right and he stood up for it.
So did Lincoln and Einstein and the many other names we get to listen. It has been years since they have passed on but even today, they are in our minds and in our lives cos they have made it so much worthwhile.
DOES IT HAVE TO BE ONLY LEGACY?
I am not saying that we have to make a big achievement to call it a considerable life. I believe that our life is a great opportunity and we have so much in each of us which defines us. We can try and answer the questions of futility or look at the larger picture. One of the reasons I was taken aback at this question was a wonder as to what answer it is looking at. None of the possible answers even came up with an actionable result. So, was it a mere question to challenge our brains or intellect or was it a genuine call for help? I still wonder though.
WHAT IF THINGS ARE TEMPORARY?
Sorry for the digression, coming back to the topic, what i we knew that it was all temporary – what would it make you do?
– Do all the wrong things so that you would never be caught?
– Listen to all the primary and fundamental unabashed desires and find a way to realize them?
– Indulge in all crimes and a beautiful desire of living in a self created world?
CAN IT BE USED FOR OUR ADVANTAGE?
– Live beyond the fears you have and look at life in a broader way?
– If things are temporary, so are failures and a little embarrassment.
– We have those dreams which we can strive and achieve and make a difference
– The passions which we have defined and our desire to make them happen.
– And so much more…
The point is, it need not be that bad a thing when it is all considered temporary. A couple of month back we wrote a similar post – “What if it was all temporary?” which might be able to answer a few questions on these lines.
So.. coming back to the real question now – What is the point in living if everyone dies? Well if someone is really on a quest to find an answer for this, then perhaps there is no point at all.
Or there is another way of looking at LIFE, as if you don’t have to care or worry about the wrongs in life and live it free from remorse and find a way to cherish every moment so that life embraces you in all forms of beauty and vigour and passion. Or you can feel bad about how temporary things are, give it all up and be a monk. Either of them is a good choice and can probably answer this one question. Frankly speaking I would prefer the former cos it is easier.
What about you? 😉