By Jerry Schafer
To some, life is a total illusion. Webster’s Dictionary defines the
word Illusion to mean; perception of something objectively existing in
such a way as to cause misinterpretation of its actual nature.
Life is like getting into a boat that sets out to sea to sink!
We live awhile, and then we die. The illusion of life takes place in
between living and dying.
Oscar Wilde said, To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most
people exist, that is all.
Life is the period of birth to death. I refer to life as an illusion
because when we are very young, we perceive that the illusion of the
life we are living will go on forever.
As we grow older, we don’t think about this on a daily basis, but in
the back of our minds, we continue to believe that life will go on
forever, until, in one way or the other, we are forced to face the
reality of the finality of death.
Sometimes this happens when a death occurs in our family.
Interestingly, as shocking as the death may be, it doesn’t deter our
belief that life will go on forever, it simply causes us to make a
shift in our thinking by adding words, in one way or the other, to the
thought that life goes on forever.
Enter religion. No matter what religious faith one may believe or
practice, they all seem to believe and teach that when we die, life
will continue, in one way or the other.
The fact of the matter is, this thought adds a calming element
inasmuch as the illusion of life is concerned.
After all, if we are convinced that in one way or the other, life will
continue after death, possibly in a much better way than it does while
living this illusionary life here on earth, then, the illusion of life
actually becomes a much grander illusion.
There’s no way to escape it… no matter what one may say or do, it is
what it is… the illusion of life, or maybe I should say: The
illusion of life, after death… the subject of my next article.
By Jerry Schafer