“Repetition is an endless feature of the human environment. Like melodic consonance and fervent discord in music, repetition and change awaken life’s visual juxtapositions. Beauty arises from the mix.”Ellen Lupton & Jennifer Cole Phillips
If you could pop immortality into a pill, and buy it at your local drug store like aspirin for a headache, would you take it?
I don’t know if I would. I’d love to be able to stuck in a time-loop, like Groundhog Day, and spend decades learning and mastering the things I love. Or become a vampire and see centuries of change. I’m one of those nuts who is naturally (or perhaps habitually become) self-motivated and disciplined, but the question is, does life lose its meaning and shine when you can live forever?
There’s something inherently beneficial in knowing that we are going to die one day — likely sooner than we think. Death and near-death experiences highlights Life (with a capital ‘L’) like nothing else can. Death lights a fire underneath you to live a life truth to yourself, and choose to change when things are out of alignment and stale.
I don’t fear death. I fear not living. I don’t want to wake up one day when I’m 80 and feel as though I was never truly alive and myself. I try to live and make decision around that.
It’s interesting that the anti-, or the opposite of what we dream and desire about — death, poor health, injury, hunger, debt, failure, loneliness, pain — shines a light on how valuable the good things are. The opposite shows us the way. I know first hand how valuable health is to everything, when you experience poor health (in my case a chronic neck injury). Bad highlights good.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner
Daily Blog #658