Thanks to my friend Natasha, I got to read hilarious and very smart How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran. She is a feminist, a writer and has a great sense of humour. My favourite part of the book is on child birth and upbringing, especially a couple of pages on the child labour (yep, being dragged through the gates to hell, etc), she is spot on.
Excerpt below is another great piece, and is about how our expectations and beliefs about life after death (even if you say you don’t believe it, if you dig deeper, you do – try it) make us less accountable on environment protection, human suffering and other wrong doing in our lifetimes.
I myself want to believe that we are not just monkeys desperately clinging to a rock falling in the universe (as per Frankie Boyle), that there is a purpose and yes, that there is something after death, some sort of energy recycling, reincarnation, reassignment or alike. Recently this thinking has started to change, I now think that it’s more probable that there is actually nothing after death. Vacuum. Unending nullity, as Moran puts it.
And you know what, it does not depress me or prevent me from living a happy life. I use it as a source of positive energy. Appreciate that now is the only time that counts and get on with the important things in my life, such as art, creation, helping others, giving others joy. And then whatever happens after death, I won’t really care, because I lived a life that mattered.