Are you in touch with your own mortality and all of its implications?
Is it of benefit to be in touch with our mortality?
What can a person do to be better in touch with their own mortality?
Some implications of our mortality:
- This could be the last day in your life or the life of someone close.
- Will what you're doing now matter to anyone after you die, or even in 5 years?
- What can I do to make sure that I put things that will matter after I die as top priority?
- You may not live to see milestones in the life of you, your family, and your friends which you look forward to and assume you will see. (Personal note: If I can ever bring myself to do it without crying the entire time, I would like to record videos of me talking to my kids which they can watch at various stages of life... graduation, marriage, having kids. I may have to just write letters, as even this is difficult enough.)
- Others rely on you for specific tasks and information which are difficult to replace. (salary, pensions, savings, property ownership, business knowledge, fixing things, emotional support)
- You might outlive everyone you know.
- If you live a long time, the world will be totally different from the one you know now, and you will be less capable of adapting to it by then.
- If you live a long time, you will likely be somewhat forgotten and be seen with less respect because Western culture values youth and those with potential rather than those nearing the end of their life.