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I'd really love to hear some great shroomery thoughts on this.
Last saturday, a longtime family friend lost their 15 year old daughter, to unknown causes. She was asleep on the couch, and when her sister attempted to wake her, she was unresponsive. After a few minutes, she called the ambulance, and when they arrived they rushed her to the hospital, where she passed on shortly after.
This girl who died, exemplifies a life lived for a higher being. Much like another person who comes to mind, one Rachel Scott, who was killed in the columbine shootings.
I'm not one to follow the teachings of any church, but the idea of the rapture came to mind today while at the service. When asked what she wanted to accomplish in her life, she had been quoted as responding that she wanted to make it into heaven. She made it a prime effort to include everyone that she ran into, at all times, in what she was doing. Her lunch table would be packed with people because she always wanted everyone to have someone to sit with.
This has truly been a trying week for this family, who also exemplifies what really being a good and true person is. It pains me to see the father, who i look up to with immense respect, in such pain and strife over this horrible tragedy.
But once again, it brings to mind the whole rapture idea. Was she taken out of this world because she was , in effect, too good for it? Are people like these two young girls taken to show the rest of us something...or is it just the cold vice of our physical world?
I would love to hear some opinions on death in general, which i know has been covered immensely, but it is always a good topic.
Personally, I used to believe in the closed circuit of physicality, that nothing outside of the physical world can have an effect on the physical world, and that there is nothign more than the physical world which we see. I cannot hold this point of view and feel honest with myself after this past summer, for various reasons, and i do in fact believe that there is more than meets the eyes, so to say, to this world.
In specifics, i dont really have any answers. I dont hold any religious preference, i just believe there is more out there.
"Human suffering has been caused because all too many of us cannot grasp that words are only tools for our use, and that the mere presence of a word in the dictionary does not mean it necessarily refers to something definitive in the real world"
--Richard Dawkins, "The Selfish Gene"
"It is the mind which creates the world about us, and even though we stand side by side in the same meadow, my eyes will never see what is beheld by yours."
"Without a firm idea of himself and the purpose of his life, man cannot live, and would sooner destroy himself than remain on earth, even if he was surrounded by bread."
I am very sorry to hear of your friend's loss. I realy don't know if there are any answers that we can understand. Some people are just beautiful. They are the light of the world keeping us from falling into darkness.
I think maybe we express what we are in life. She was beautiful when she came into the world so I don't know why it would be her beauty and goodness that took her out.
Sorry...I realy don't know.
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