Many Great Thinkers reveal that the best way to enjoy every moment of your life is to remind yourself that you might die at any time.
I used to think this advice was stupid until I lost my beloved best friend: Fred Jesse. Through his death, I realized that death is real and it can happen anytime. Fred didn’t know he will die. We drank too much alcohol the last time we met, and he was sure that we’ll meet again. It never occurred to both of us that his death was around the corner.
Fred died a few months later on a grizzly road accident. He was the first closest person I lost. When I heard the news of his death, it was hard to believe because I never thought Fred would die too soon.
His death made me realize that no one knows when they will die because we can die at any moment.
Fred’s death made me to constantly think about my mortality, and I realized the following benefits of becoming aware that you, your friends or relatives might die at any moment.
- You Won’t Care about Other People’s Opinions
Will you care about other people’s thoughts if you know you’ll be dead in a few weeks? I guess no. Also, will you care about someone’s opinion about you if you realize that the person is going to die? What if you worry about what a certain person thinks of you, then s/he dies a week later. Will it be wrong to say that all your worry was a waste of time and energy?
With this in mind, it’s clear that being aware of our impending deaths enables us to stop caring about people’s thoughts or opinions because they won’t matter when we/they die.
- You will Live in the Present Moment
Thinking about my death made me learn how to live in the present moment and stop worrying about a future that might never come. I realized that all I have is the present moment, and I must stop being anxious about an unguaranteed future. It also dawned on me that all of us could enjoy every moment if we realized that it might be the last.
‘Every moment is a once in a lifetime moment. And maybe it’s the last. Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock.’ – Jonas Salzebeger
- You will Ensure That You Maintain Good Relationships with Your Closest Friends and Relatives
Realizing that your friends or relatives might die any moment will force you to maintain a good relationship with them because you won’t want your loved ones to die with unsolved issues between you and them.
We refuse to solve issues with our friends/relatives because we think they’ll live forever. We fail to realize that we might never get a chance to forgive them or ask them for forgiveness because death might grab anyone anytime.
- You Will Quit Postponing
When you become death-conscious, you will quit postponing important things because you will realize that you might fail to live the next day to do these things.
You will stop postponing the day you’ll start traveling around the world, when you’ll build a business to sustain your kids when you die, when you’ll start doing what you love, when you’ll start saving money for your loved ones, and many other important things you always want to do but often postpone.
- You Will be Thankful
Thinking about death makes me thankful that all my family members are alive.
Do you remember the woman who lost her entire family in a car accident in 2016? I guess either all or some of your family members are alive. Therefore, stop fretting about trivial issues and be thankful that you still have a chance to experience the physical universe with them. At least you have a shoulder to cry on. Some people don’t.
We always think we are immortal and for this reason, we take our precious lives and those of our friends or relatives for granted. We never appreciate their presence because we think they’ll live forever. Besides this, we love worrying about the future without thinking that we might fail to exist in it because life is short and death is unpredictable.
We don’t realize that we only have one chance to experience the beauty of the physical universe, and that life is too short to hold grudges, to worry, to postpone, to hate, to care about people’s opinions, and to do what we hate.
‘When we realize the shortness of life, we begin to see the importance of making every moment count.’ – Dillion Burroughs: American Author.
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Does Polytheism Make More Sense?
Monotheism is the belief in one God, while polytheism is the belief in many gods.
After studying ancient cultures for a while, I realized that most of them were polytheistic. Most ancient African, European, American and Asian cultures believed in many gods. They believed in the gods of wisdom, gods of wealth, gods of nature, gods of warriors and so on. Ancient folks prayed to particular gods for particular things. If an individual wanted wealth, he would pray to the god of wealth, and if another wanted luck, he would pray to the gods of luck and good fortune.
Besides this, some ancient cultures worshipped many gods but believed in a supreme God that dominated other gods. For example, the Greeks believed Zeus was the King of Gods, but they also worshipped the other gods.
Furthermore, while studying ancient cultures, it dawned on me that polytheism is older than monotheism. Sarah Johnson agrees with me for she wrote, “polytheism is always the older or ‘primary’ and monotheism the newer or secondary type of religion (Sarah Johnson, Ancient Religions).” It, therefore, appears that monotheists borrowed the concept of God from polytheists.
However, most people believe polytheism is a form of paganism. Little do they know that the concept of one god appeared after people unified polytheistic gods into one Supreme-being. Some scholars even argue that monotheism began when Akhenaten, an ancient Egyptian Pharaoh, forced Egyptians to practice monotheism.
I’m sometimes tempted to believe polytheism makes more logical sense than monotheism. Sometimes I wonder if God can hear all our prayers, answer them, and guide all of us at the same time. Maybe it’s true, as polytheists believe, that God rules over other gods that assist him in guiding us, and listening to our prayers. It also makes sense that if one wants wisdom and wealth, she should pray to the god of wisdom and wealth, instead of praying to the King of Gods/God.
Perhaps God’s only duty is to provide life to the universe while other gods’ duties are to take care of us and guide us. Maybe we even have guardian gods that help us deal with life and fulfill our destinies.
Lastly, is it sensible to argue that all ancient cultures believed in many gods because they were primitive, or because it was logical to believe in many gods? Moreover, why did various ancient cultures which never met, coincidentally believe in many gods? Maybe it’s because these gods existed.
Anyway, the idea of many gods should be taken seriously because it might be the secret to freedom and understanding the higher realms. Maybe monotheism was created because it prevents people from realizing the true nature of the higher realms and it’s easier to control people who believe in one God.
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Four Fucking Reasons Why People Think Africans Are Dumb
I am an African from Kenya, and I’m proud to be African. However, sometimes I hate being African because most races think Africans are dumb. This perception about Africans really hurts me, and I often contemplate on why the world came to such conclusions about Africans.
1.Many Africans Are Black but Believe in a White God
Many Africans (including me when I was young) believe in a White God. This aspect about Africans justifies other races for thinking we are dumb. Other races worship a God they believe possesses similar facial features as theirs. But Africans pray to a white God, and to make it worse, believe a Jewish Messiah (Jesus) is their fuckin savior. Anyone who notices this fact about Africans will undoubtedly think Africans are dumb as they were easily brainwashed to completely abandon their religious beliefs and adopt foreign beliefs.
2.Africans Are Poor Despite Having Lots of Resources
Most African countries are blessed with lots of natural resources. Africa, in general, possesses around 30% of the world’s mineral resources. It even produces 30 % of the world’s gold. However, despite the large amount of natural resources in Africa, many Africans are poor. Other races thus believe Africans are dumb because they can’t use their natural resources to improve their economic conditions. These resources are mostly exploited by foreign countries that have little or no resources.
3.People Believe Africans Have Never Made Technological Innovations
Most races believe Africans are dumb because they’ve never made technological innovations. They think technological innovations are only made by Europeans, Asians, or Americans. Little do they know that South Africa has the world’s largest super radio telescope and that a Ugandan invented a biomedical jacket that diagnoses Pneumonia.
The media shapes our beliefs, and it has succeeded in making people believe Africans are dumb. It avoids showing the world the technological, political, and economic advancements that show the intelligent side of Africans.
For as Chibuike Oguh pointed it out, “The dominant representation of Africa in the Western media usually ignores the actualities and specificities of social and economic processes that occur in the continent. This representation also ignores the many political and economic success stories that have been taking place in the continent.”
Most Africans have abandoned their gods after embracing Christianity and Islam. Besides this, most of them live poor lives despite having natural resources. Moreover, Africa has made fewer technological innovations than most continents despite possessing resources that support innovation.
The above reasons make me avoid judging other races for thinking Africans are dumb. If you are an African reading this article, think about these reasons from the perspective of a White Man, and you’ll think Africans are dumb.
But Africans aren’t dumb. History shows that Africans were highly intelligent folks that built magnificent buildings. Moreover, some archeologists believe human technology began in Africa thousands of years ago. We only appear dumb because we were brainwashed to believe we are STUPID.
I LOVE YOU AFRICA. THE MOST BLESSED LAND IN THE WORLD.
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