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The Problem with LIFE

and why we should not fear Death

Doug Yurchey

Death is not the problem. LIFE is the problem. Death is the easy and inevitable part. But, where are we going to escape to?

I write this while a song is now playing (by strangely the Blue Man Group) called 'You Can't Get Out.' My immediate feelings are:

(This is hard to write). We should not fear death…we should worry about existence, which NEVER STOPS!

Energy cannot be destroyed and we are energy. There is only transition. Physical humans are spiritually a spark of conscious electricity. We are LIGHT. We are something in a can; a hulk; a container. We are not the container. The mortal shell will erode away in time and we will be left with the essence inside. Then, what?

For those of you who believe Death is merely a winking out of existence; no more sensations; no more thoughts and feelings…I have news for you:

WE'RE GOIN' PLACES! There are good reasons for the repetition of History and 'cycles of life' seen in ruins of ancient cultures. We've acted as humans on Earth long ago; in the present and will again in the future. We're coming back and will continue to come back here until we have learned what we need to learn and complete our missions.

But, when that is said and done; after we have returned to Earth for the last time, what of a spiritual (virtual) existence beyond this planet? What's next?

That's the tricky question. Of course, the answer must be a relative answer. It must be different for everyone; no one set Heaven we will all be corralled into… Do you really think in the afterlife we'll be sitting around a campfire singing 'Kumbaya'?

Maybe it's like what we saw at the end of the film 'Betelgeuse.' Everyone had a different afterlife-existence-reality and our Earthly lives determine what our final destination will become. We are also supposed to 'manifest' the next life by what we think in this life. Death is probably an individual thing. I've always said, 'I'm in my own tennis match; only hope I win.'

Please, do not misunderstand. We should not fear Life. I wrote, 'we should worry about existence.' My meaning is: precious life should concern us; it's important and not be taken for granted. Let's make the best out of a confusing world that is extremely difficult to traverse.

'Souls need to rest,' I've heard. We need to be at peace or 'put to rest' so we can move on. If what we think or feel in LIFE determines the parameters of the next plane of existence…we have to be very, very careful.

Some will say, 'we're in God's hands.' Well, we better be. Our spirit better be provided for and cared for by something greater than Allstate Insurance. Ah, isn't that the ultimate question.

An old song by 'Porno for Pyros' was called Pets The subject was about what will happen after an alien landing. 'Maybe Martians will do better than we've done? We'll make great pets.' In a way, everyone is in the same lifeboat. We ARE spiritually in the hands of higher life forms. I hope so…I like higher life forms.

Good karma; doing good, positive things or committing bad acts of aggression may well determine what's in store for us. Positive or negative, you decide your next existence on this planet and beyond. I know it's hard to be positive human beings living in the 21st Century. (This boy's been beat up plenty of times). But, maybe that's the answer? Think good thoughts…

And Death Shall Have No Dominion
And death shall have no dominion.
Dead man naked they shall be one
With the man in the wind and the west moon;
When their bones are picked clean and the clean bones gone,
They shall have stars at elbow and foot;
Though they go mad they shall be sane,
Though they sink through the sea they shall rise again;
Though lovers be lost love shall not;
And death shall have no dominion.

And death shall have no dominion.
Under the windings of the sea
They lying long shall not die windily;
Twisting on racks when sinews give way,
Strapped to a wheel, yet they shall not break;
Faith in their hands shall snap in two,
And the unicorn evils run them through;
Split all ends up they shan't crack;
And death shall have no dominion.

And death shall have no dominion.
No more may gulls cry at their ears
Or waves break loud on the seashores;
Where blew a flower may a flower no more
Lift its head to the blows of the rain;
Though they be mad and dead as nails,
Heads of the characters hammer through daisies;
Break in the sun till the sun breaks down,
And death shall have no dominion.
Dylan Thomas

'My point was...people are upset because life comes to an END. But...they might be surprised to find out...that it doesn't end!'


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