dead is a four-letter word

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What a cruel joke. Give me the beauty of a spring day and the gentle whisper of a fragrant breeze. Then ask me to leave it all behind. Do the blossoms know that when the spring turns to summer they will wilt and fall from their branches? Do the rabbits know that there will come a day that they nibble their last sweet leaf of clover and robins sing their last morning song? Does the weeping willow know something the other trees don’t?

Death is natural and we humans all know it’s inevitable. With every life created so is, ultimately, another death. My grandma use to say, “think of death only once a day and then move on.” I think that sums up the best way to acknowledge mortality. No denial and no obsession. Perfect.

Nature always seems so content. I try to view myself as one with nature, as part of the whole. It’s quite challenging to live as one with the world when the status quo tries so diligently to separate us from nature. Humans need objects. We need stuff. We have been conditioned to depend on things for contentment and distraction from life’s curve balls. Our world of physicality has left us more fearful of death then ever before. Much of western society is focused on material possessions and fear of losing them. Just like our physical bodies, the thought of not being at all in the physical world is incomprehensible. The farther we drift from the spirit and the unseen the more dependent we become on objects for security. People are conditioned to rely on things instead of ideas; caught up in the tangible and lots of it. The bare necessities is such an archaic concept, especially here in America, land of consumption. Our materialistic society has made us slaves to objects. The distractions are everywhere. The numbers of products we purchase is shameful. I personally don’t shop like I used to. It’s actually something I loathe. I’m turned off by excess. Just enough is plenty. In sharp contrast, the sinister minds behind the planning of 9/11 are motivated by a psychotic obsession with money and power which has trickled down to the masses. They also control the movie industry and television/cable networks. Oh yes, they are cranking out as much fear-inducing and life-destroying entertainment it takes to make death the most unnatural and scary concept to face. Instead of respecting the integrity of death, we are conditioned by a death culture that exploits the end of life and diminishes the integrity of this natural phenomenon. Likewise, glorifying consumerism is a deliberate attempt to keep us dependent on stuff and creates a society in which the concept of death and the nonphysical is something to constantly fear and avoid for as long as possible. Religions were cleverly constructed to divide and control masses of people through fear. I guess the notion of life after death is comforting, but why call it life when it is death? Is death a dirty word?

It’s becoming more and more challenging to offset the death culture of recent decades. How many CSI spin offs are really necessary to fulfill the public’s need to process the concept of death? A prime time mini series is probably not the best way to come to terms with our mortality. In actuality, it’s more a way to distance people from the reality of death by only confronting it vicariously through actors and scripts. Our society seems to wildly shift from fearing death to taunting and exploiting it. Skydiving is as popular a pastime as golf. These extremes may be the result of mixed messages of the status quo. False flags, utter lies, and staged tragedies in the news keep us traumatized, easily manipulated, and desensitized to the death of others. Possessions are illusions of security and that’s how the ruling elite, the powers that control our world view, want us to live.

The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence. To understand the true nature of the universe, one must think it terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”
-Nikola Tesla

Our country and the rest of the world had to process the death of our fellow citizens on 9/11, the boldest and most sinister of any violation against Americans by our own government. The land of opportunity has made fools of us all. The American Dream has turned into a nightmare.

In that instant, all Americans simultaneously came face-to-face with death. A terror of death suddenly resurfaced from beneath the comfortable, security-generating symbolic universe that had served to repress that fear. The anthrax attacks soon after September 11 produced the same response of fear, as does the general threat of nuclear annihilation. The general response to these threats seems to suggest that fear is a natural response to the threat of death, and that direct confrontation with the possibility of death can erode the symbolic buffers that cultures erect between individuals and death.
-C.C. Moore

Why can’t we just live in peace? Maybe that’s just not the plan. Nature is beautiful but also brutally honest. So to be one with nature is to be brutally honest with ourselves.

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