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I'll just prelude this post by saying that today I am actually quite happy. I am certainly not depressed or otherwise 'down' about things atm.

But I have just been pondering whether being on this planet has any real merit at all. If you/I died tomorrow how much would it really affect things - other than family and friends. Life is small.

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miramanga
Dec. 8th, 2005 10:24 am (UTC)
Woohoo! for the 1st para

and

Huh!? for the second...shouldnt you have dealt with this navel gazing waffle in your teens? ;)
vanhammeruk
Dec. 8th, 2005 10:34 am (UTC)
Hey duder
Of course it has merit dude!

What would happen to SLA?
meganintheuk
Dec. 8th, 2005 10:48 am (UTC)
You can't judge your relationships with friends and family on a planetary level. If life was that small death would not affect us the way it does.

The faintest candle is still the brightest light when everything else is black.
zenmeisterin
Dec. 8th, 2005 10:52 am (UTC)
The impact one's own death would have on people who knew/were otherwise affected by them would actualy be a lot greater were it not for man' adaptability and survival instinctcs that mean the brain auomatically tries it's best to move on,g et on with it, fill the hole and not stop...

When you can see it coming (old age, long-term illness etc), the brain will even start to pre-emptively detach.
oldson
Dec. 8th, 2005 03:46 pm (UTC)
"When you can see it coming (old age, long-term illness etc), the brain will even start to pre-emptively detach."

Not sure I agree with that one......

In fact, pretty sure I disagree quite strongly with it to be honest :}

If you know that things are coming to an end, it is in our nature to fight harder, hold longer, shout louder, anything to prevent the end, no matter how inevitable it is. Hope is Eternal, no matter how much resignation tries to beat at it.

After the event, absolutely, but not before, where there is life, there is always life supporting it, no matter how bleak it may appear. Even after, the brain will let you get on with things, but only because life needs to go on, no matter what.
zenmeisterin
Dec. 9th, 2005 10:47 am (UTC)
It depends how strong the 'adapt and survive' instincts are. I've seen it happen - the person someone is closest to is going and part of them is railing against it and the other part is accepting the fact the end is nigh and that things are going to be different without them aruond so better start subconsciously preparing.
oldson
Dec. 9th, 2005 11:18 am (UTC)
I'll respect your personal experience, but it goes in contrast to what I have seen myself. Agree to disagree? :)
zenmeisterin
Dec. 9th, 2005 12:51 pm (UTC)
F'nuff
ua_meruti
Dec. 8th, 2005 11:24 am (UTC)
Yep, life is small. So I say get out there and enjoy it, cause no other bugger is gonna do it for you.
fluffworld
Dec. 8th, 2005 11:56 am (UTC)
In comparison to a whole planet? Life is small, anything is when you break it down into it's smallest units. But love is tiny and intangible and look how much that changes the whole world.
You make your own merit. Enjoy it.
bridiep
Dec. 8th, 2005 03:32 pm (UTC)
You need to sit down with a box of chocolates and a nice cup of tea and watch that movie with James Stewart in it. Bugger, I've forgotten what it's called!!!!
bridiep
Dec. 8th, 2005 03:33 pm (UTC)
It's a Wonderful Life :)
thessalian
Dec. 8th, 2005 06:48 pm (UTC)
Screw that; Krispy Kreme donuts and "Withnail and I" is the solution to existential angst. I mean, just for sheer hilarity value if nothing else.

However, there's another way of looking at this. There's no real proof that anything that happens to us is anything more than a series of randomly constructed sensory inputs of no particular significance. Far from being this tiny speck in an infinite universe, you (or I, or even our cat) could simply be the entire universe, just telling yourself stories to keep from getting bored. So maybe, your one life is everything, not just infinitessimally small. It's a theory.
oldson
Dec. 8th, 2005 07:22 pm (UTC)
And an amusing one at that.
bridiep
Dec. 8th, 2005 07:56 pm (UTC)
I often get the feeling I am the only person in the world who finds 'Withnail and I' the most boring, unfunny film ever made.
thessalian
Dec. 8th, 2005 08:06 pm (UTC)
I'm sure you're not the only one. I can see how people might not like it; I'm just not one of them. I guess I just figure absurdist comedy beats the hell out of holiday sap when trying to deal with what is not strictly speaking a bad mood. So ... "The Life of Brian", then?
oldson
Dec. 8th, 2005 09:49 pm (UTC)
Actually, the best film for curing depression and other such ailments is "The Seventh Seal", because you get ten minutes into it and inevitably think

"It could be worse, I could have been in that film.........."

And instantly life seems brighter :)
thessalian
Dec. 9th, 2005 04:13 pm (UTC)
"Saw", then. The ultimate in "Holy shit I'm glad that's not me".
oldson
Dec. 8th, 2005 03:39 pm (UTC)
Living has merit, it matters not what has happened when you die, that's after the event, what matters is what you did when you were still there, the legacy you leave behind shouldn't change because you're gone. I die tomorrow, and I leave behind a whole bunch of people who sleep more soundly, don't worry so much about life, and generally are happier because I was here at some point, I suspect I leave no one who would find the world a better place with me gone, if all the things that you've done in the world require that you not be there for them to work, then I suspect that somewhere along the line, something has gone wrong. Late at night, when the demons come, I find that living every day and doing what has to be done to be enough......

And Life is not small, only if you would live it that way, Life is big, riotous, merry, life exists to live it, not to ponder what will happen when it's not there any more, the tragedy of life is not that it's short, but that so many people wait so long before they start doing it.......

Besides, the alternative to being on this planet is being off it, if you find a way, give me a yell, I'll bring the rope to pull you back on and you can tell me what it's like out there, I have suspicions, but it'd be nice to confirm :)

Get a kid, buy them sweets, watch them smile, tell me you haven't made a difference to the world, if only for a second.......
corone
Dec. 8th, 2005 04:03 pm (UTC)
First bit really good.

As to the second bit, you cant die.
There isn't a building big enough to house all the people who would come to the funeral.
snesgirl
Dec. 8th, 2005 04:10 pm (UTC)
Life is small. ?
No, no no no no no no no no.

NO!

Life is HUWAGE. Ginormous, and bigger than anything else EVAH!

Trust me.

You need a snuggle from a beautiful woman.
actualsean
Dec. 9th, 2005 08:29 am (UTC)
Very small in every possible way, yet every second is inconceivably crucial.

Dude...did I just see two girls kissing...I'm scrolling outa here...
goldmoonrj
Dec. 9th, 2005 10:23 am (UTC)
Watch 'The Butterfly Effect' again. :)
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