Wednesday, June 08, 2005

“Death does not concern us, because as long as we exist, death is not here. And when it does come, we no longer exist.” – Epicurus

I somehow tend to agree with Epicurus in my view of death. We shall never know death while we are alive. And once we experience death, our life ceases. Is there a certain period, where life and death meet? Is it not a fact that when you are alive, you are alive, and when you are dead, you are dead? Is there such a thing as being half alive and half dead. Even those who are in a state of comatose should still be considered alive, be it that their life is resuscitated by artificial life support system.

Because we have no knowledge of what happens after this life, there should be no fear of death then. On the other hand, does it then mean that we should live an immoral life because we have no knowledge of death? Perhaps not, The issue of morality however does not lie primarily on one’s view of life or death for that matter.

Is this then the only life we live? I’m not sure. Perhaps. Perhaps not. But if in case that this is the only life we live, wouldn’t this view lead us to appreciate life even more? To cling to it very dearly, and to love every second of it?

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Looking over a picture of the planets on the Internet, it is so amazing how vast space could be. I could never imagine. Consider this. We are living on the planet earth. The earth belongs to a group of planets called the Solar system, with the sun, as it’s central object. Our solar system belongs to a group of billions of stars called galaxy. Our galaxy, the Milky Way Galaxy is only one of the billions of galaxies in the observable universe.

The exact size of the universe is unknown. Who could ever know? We live in a vast expanse of space. It is quite an awesome thing to think about. This leads theists to accord it to a creator. Could something so wonderful and immense exist without a creator? I don’t know. I don’t believe in the theory of evolution either. But could the universe have existed without a beginning or without an end? Scientists predict an end to the sun, the solar system, the galaxies, and consequently to the whole universe. Therefore, if it will end, does it necessarily mean it had a beginning?

It might be argued that for an object to exist, it must have had a beginning. Thus, for the sake of argument, let us suppose that the whole universe had a definite beginning, and therefore was created, and therefore required a creator. But wouldn’t the creator, as an object, in order to exist require a beginning? Wouldn’t the creator be subject to the same principle? Should the creator not be treated as an “object” and therefore not subject to its own creator?