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5 Since Death Shall Come

Moreover, what is lived concretely feeds back information about oneself that can at once be interpreted in one's awareness in order to know whether it is in harmony with oneself or clashes with what one knows to be one's best interest. Everybody knows directly, from very early childhood on and without the help of anybody or of any system of outside values, that one's actions have consequences. Due to this directness of experiencing, each of us has established safeguards which feed back to us the manner in which we should steer the course of our actions, related immediately to this life. From standing and walking as babies and accepting to fall in the process, we learn that our actions have consequences that may affect our future, a future which somehow resembles our present and past. But to aim at an after death unrelated to this life or exalting the pleasant sides of this life, is to detract from the importance of one's actions and from one's responsibility here and now, to adhere to a preconception which does not force itself on us in the way facts do. We find so difficult to understand many of our actions and have had to produce so many theories to convince ourselves that, perhaps, we might look at reincarnation as another possible theory merely for the help this could give us in our effort to understand ourselves. It is a theory which at the same time links life to death and birth. It calls attention to what we are doing with ourselves both to fulfill our outlook on life and to sort things out as they come our way so that we learn to live in greater conformity with the demands of life itself. Our personal outlook on life becomes meaningful, since the impacts of our environment would rather 69

On Death  
On Death  

"Is there any hope that we may ever know what death is? Since it is a problem of knowing, we need to find the epistemological devices that w...