Finite Creatures: At what age did you realize you were not immortal? How did you react to that discovery?
I think I always knew that we are all mortal. I am not afraid of death per se. I know that life as we know and live it will cease one day. As a doctor I also know the wear and tear that we inflict on our bodies and minds as well.
Having said that, I am afraid to just exist and stop living. To me, mortality is to stop living, stop feeling, losing intensity, losing the passion for living….
A life bereft of zest or zing or a spark is no life to me. The day that spark, that interest dies, I die. And I am scared of living that way.
A life where one is not wanted or needed or loved is something akin to death itself. Having no one and nothing to look forward to make us an empty shell. I feel we should always reinvent ourselves to find purpose in something we love or love to do passionately.
Why should one aspire to be immortal? I want to live life every moment….till there is no life.
I do not yet believe in reincarnation or afterlife. I am a practising Hindu and our religion believes in it but I have yet to understand the how and why of the soul and rebirths and avatars. Perhaps someday I will…
To be mortal is to be human. I aspire to being a good human. I do not aspire to immortality. That is for the angels and I am no angel.
I am just me…. a mortal human. Cheers to that!