The great thing about getting older is you tend to say what is on your mind without worrying about what others think. So, here is a little of what is on my mind, or at least what is left of it.

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Sunday, June 26, 2005

One Brief Moment

For many, the idea of death being an unqualified end to existence is a very frightening idea. The idea that dying is having no knowledge of ever having existed. For many, the idea that there is no father figure doling out rewards and punishments means that there is no morality or ethics at all. For many, the idea that the evil we see in this world is a consequence of our own humanity rather than some demonic presence is disconcerting because it means that we and we alone are responsible for our behavior.

As a species, we are responsible for all the wars, the murders and villainy, large and small. It is part of who and what we are. But as we are responsible for these things, so too are we responsible for the good and the beauty we bring to this world. The goodness and decency we see in humanity, and there is a lot of it, comes from within ourselves not from some outside source. While there are many ways in which we could be better, there is much about us in which we can be proud.

If you look at your life and the lives around you, and look at this beautiful world we call home, as a wonderful happenstance, it allows you to open your eyes to the wonder of living as a human being. Instead of dismissing this life as a trial, as a inconsequential way stop on the road to something else, you life this life realizing that each moment is precious and how lucky we are to have lived as humans. But, it should also make your realize that we are responsible for the lives of others and for the condition of the planet that we leave to our children.

This brief moment is all we have, and this wonderful world is the only real inheritance we can pass on to our children. Perhaps it is time to take responsibility for both the good and the bad, but even more, to take responsibility giving the young a decent home in which to raise their children.


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