“Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.” - Nelson Mandela
One of my friends shared the above quote of Nelson Mandela few days ago on Facebook.
The quote triggered the thought of thinking and thinking logical, we all know that Death is one of the most exhausted topics of conversation, because it is unavoidable. We move with great speed through life, sure of only one thing, that one day we will stop moving.
We talk about it but do we really give it a thought, it is evident why we must die – Dying to save space - because the Earth is a limited space to live in.
Or Dying to Evolve, we reproduce to create a bettered version of ourselves. Our children are therefore better equipped to survive the world than we are, just as the iPhone 3G turns heads no more these days, and we too are useless once the next generation is born so we die.
But what about Dying to Prevent Boredom, attractive as the idea of immortality sounds, living forever would take all the fun out of life. Here, I’ll reference a speech made by Achilles in the movie, Troy to Briseis, (the girl he keeps in his tent) he says that “the Gods envy us for our mortality – that every moment is so beautiful because it will never come again. In the prime of our lives, men are (usually) at the peak of their physical abilities and women are the most beautiful they will ever be. Intelligence, fortunately, follows linear growth so most of us continue to gain intelligence until the day we lose our minds completely, and even then who says losing your mind isn't the smartest thing to do? We die to give greater significance to all experiences in our lives.
Granted, we will die someday, but is there any way to stretch the time in between?”
I saw Inception recently and was very impressed with how Christopher Nolan manages timelines in the movie. It is indeed true, that time dilates in our dreams.
Both of these have a common factor which created the experience of time slowing down – an increased rate of thought formation.
SO we should think more to elongate our own experience of time, the mind in fact is the most wonderful gift God could given us. It allows for endless exploration of all possibilities in the privacy of our head; the only part of ourselves that is completely our own, inaccessible to anyone else. Just as I have, you must stretch your own ego and embrace the concept that this is your world that you are its God and your perception of it is all that exists. Then you will be able to grasp that stretching your own perception of time, stretches time for your whole world. I’m saying that the more thoughts you have, the slower time passes for you. It is the blank moments, when I don’t have a thought about life that just flies by – although I appreciate those too, on occasion.
Now, I've never been a fan of talkers – I find that the more people talk, the greater the noise that drowns out the signal (good ideas). A similar situation may exist for heavy-thinkers as well – the more thoughts you have, the more useless thoughts you may have that overshadow your useful ideas. If you are content with simply stretching your own perception of time, then by all means, think away! Think smartly, think nonsensically, and think however you like.
But, we do have limited time in this world, no matter what our perception of it is. Myself, I am not content with having any useless ideas; I consider ideas that do not directly or indirectly result in action to be a complete waste of time. So, I would never allow myself to think simply for the sake of thinking. Then again, I may be completely wrong here, but a little more thinking never hurt anyone. Except perhaps those who are afraid of having thoughts at all.