Funeral Thoughts
How We Live
Copyright 2016 by J.E. Kronenfeld
Before we are born, we are apparently nothing.
No body, no thoughts, no morals, no soul.
A perfect nothingness
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Then we are conceived.
At the moment of conception we acquire a body.
We become something.
We still have no thoughts for we do not have a mind machine in which to store those thoughts
We have no morals for we have not the awareness of others that is the necessary prerequisite of morality.
We have no soul for without the morality there is not the introspection that is the marker for the soul.
We exist but as a featureless cell; a potential that the slightest whim or accident of God, Nature, or Man can destroy like a dust pattern on a windy day.
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From conception to birth.
A journey of protected growth, physical and sensual.
Growing in the womb, more or less protected from the vicissitudes of Nature and the whims of our Nurturer.
Growing in the womb, protected from the too sudden sensory overload of the world at large.
Spoon fed awareness in small, digestible doses.
Touch. Sound. Adrenaline and hormones.
We develop that limited awareness as we develop our ability to name, understand, and store that knowledge for later use in exploring ourselves.
We prepare to live.
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Living.
Our lives diverge.
We each travel down a unique set of life segments.
At the end of each segment we make a conscious or unconscious choice of which of the myriad of paths opening before us we will take. We chose or have the choice preempted for us.
We travel along these segments like a great basking shark swallowing all of their sensory input hoping to filter out the nourishing tidbits for identification, investigation and temporary storage.
Sometimes we sleep, delivering ourselves into a self-induced comatose state for processing those thoughts. Linking thoughts. Making long-term connections.
Connecting ourselves to others and the universe around us.
Developing and rewarding patterns of behavior; morals.
Integrating a deeper sense of self with others to yield a soul.
We live until we die.
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We're born and we live until we die.
Our storage shutting down.
Our senses corroding
The inflow of new experiences and awareness fading.
Our self-awareness turning inward unconsciously feeding the soul with the detritus flaking off of the senses and morals.
Our souls awakening to the possibility of existence without body, senses, thoughts, morality.
Some unconsciously reject the perceived horrors of that nothingness and pass - quietly or screaming - into oblivion.
Some, equally unconsciously, accept the transformation and become one with the nothingness.
All die, one way or another.
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Death.
Those that accept become One.
Become something that is unknown and unknowable to those still traveling
Life.