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On the closest bench there is a couple sitting. They seem to be an old couple. Further away, in the background there is another bench…which is empty. The other bench seems to be the exact reflection of the first one, it seems to be same bench, surrounded by the same arch with leaves around it. The only difference is that it’s empty. Just as if everything was reflected, but the old couple. Maybe they are too old, maybe their time has come, or will come soon, and the other bench could be interpreted as an image of the near future. The bench would still be there, but they won’t….
Do we know when our time will come? Do we have that intuition, that perception? And if we would have it, how would we react? When the moment comes, each and every one would react in their particular way, depending on his or her conception of life, and death.
We fear death because we consider it to be the opposite of Life. We fear it so much, that we have expelled it from our everyday life. We don’t easily talk about death, and when death comes to a close person, we say that we are sorry for the loss it brings.
But what if we could consider Death as part of a “Greater Life”- instead of the annihilation of this life? What if Life and Death were just the two facets or two sides of a great cycle of life? A cycle which is always the same in Essence but which changes in amplitude, as Exhalation and Inhalation, Day and Night, Summer and Winter…. Life and Death?
It brings us closer to the ancient concept of Reincarnation, as it was taught and accepted in many traditional cultures. It is a concept which teaches that Life is One, Infinite, and proceeds by cycles, which their unique purpose is the expansion of consciousness.
If it is so, then there is really no need to fear Death. Can we prove it? I think not, at least not in the way we understand scientific proof today. But is it really necessary to prove everything?
Anyway, when my time will come I hope I’ll remember the words of the Roman philosopher Marcus Aurelius, recalling that there is no need to fear death because death occurs according to the Laws of Nature, and there is nothing bad in Nature.