The End of the World and Death The following picture shows a large asteroid colliding with Earth, an unimaginable event that would drastically change life as we know it today. Such an impact would have the potential to eventually kill almost every living thing on the planet, including humans. Some may take a look at this picture and see a creative cover page for a book or movie. One could possibly see someone’s prediction for the world coming to an end in 2012, or maybe even imagine Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck saving us from Armageddon with their band of Roughnecks. For me, it is a simple reminder that nothing in this world lasts forever, and that every single day that passes is a gift. Along with all things, time is not infinite. Every living thing has an expiration date, and there are no exceptions. If possible, try to imagine having one single day left to live. How would anyone ever decide how to spend their final twenty-four hours? Some would spend it with the people that they love, or pray to God for the forgiveness of their sins. Maybe one would do something crazy that they have always been too scared to try, such as skydiving or swimming with sharks. Others may decide they would let loose and discover the true meaning of the saying “party like there is no tomorrow.” The point is that most people would choose their time a lot more carefully than normal with that kind of knowledge, doing things that make them truly happy. One fact is that there is but one life to live, and it is impossible to know when that life will come to an end. For that reason, time is one of the most precious things that we as human beings possess. It is more precious than one’s social status, income, type of vehicle, or brand of clothing. In the end, most would probably give many of these things up for more time to spend with loved ones and to do the things that they enjoy. Once time is gone, it can never be taken back. Each day that passes means that we have aged one more day, and that we have one less day in the remaining days of our lives. On one of those remaining days in the future, whether by heart attack, car crash, old age, or even a giant asteroid, everyone has to face death. It could happen today, next week, or if lucky, a hundred years from now. The idea of not knowing when death will come shouldn’t create fear, but instead,
Buddhism, Hinduism and Judaism
In Buddhist teachings, we will all pass away eventually, which is a part of the natural process of birth and death, but that we should always be aware of the impermanence of life itself. A life which we all cherish and wish to hold onto as long as possible, however, death in Buddhism is not the end of life, but merely the end of the physical body we inhabit here in this life.
The spirit is believed to remain and seek through need of attachment to a new body and new…
ENG 206- C1
The Meaning of Life
Analysis of the poem” Because I Could not Stop for Death” from Emily Dickinson
“Because I Could not Stop for Death” is a poem written by the famous American poet Emily Dickinson in nineteenth century. She was born in Amherst, Massachusetts. Because she did not care about being famous or getting benefit from her writing, only 7 of her poems got published out of 1775. In 1886, after she died, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, a famous…
Absurdism is a contradictory of existentialism in which human beings struggle to find any meaning in life in such an irrational world. The meaning of life is nonexistent to an absurd world as it is considered “humanly impossible” to find any meaning at all. Absurdism defeats the purpose of existentialism as there is no journey to search for the meaning of life in an absurd world. With that being said, the philosophical themes of Absurdism and Existentialism can be seen throughout the novel, The Stranger…
The Book Thief is narrated by Death, who repetitively reminds readers that death is ever-present. This also keeps readers constantly focused on mortality. The temporariness of not only people, but also the relationships that they have is revealed. Characters like Leisel are continually reminded of this, as they lose the ones that are closest to them. Through the losses and many sufferings of the German people, Death reveals how everything eventually comes to an end.
As Leisel’s character develops…
Jews, gypsies, homosexuals and people with disabilities in Europe. The Nazi party would unfortunately send these people to concentration camps where they were gassed, starved, or even worked to death. By the end of this horrific movement in 1945, more than 10 million people had been killed. All of these deaths were not for nothing however, because we have learned how to be more tolerant towards different religions and races.
Beginning in 1933 a genocide movement took place due to Nazi…
Perception of Death and Treatment of death in "Everyman"
Death is perceived in differently in various cultures and tends to impact an individual personally as compared to a group.
Introduction and Thesis Statement
Discussion 1: Perception of Death in various cultures
Discussion 2: How People Treat Death today as an individual
“Everyman” is a metaphorical story that illustrates the value of life and death. The famous medieval…
“I’m standin’ over here now”. At the end of On the Waterfront Terry has gained a new understanding of himself and the world. Discuss.
At the end of the film ‘On the Waterfront’, Terry gains a new understanding of the world and of himself. When Terry says “I’m standin’ over here now” it shows that he understands life more and has a sense of triumph in his voice as it is the first time he has stood up for himself. At the beginning, Terry is confused and burdened as he did not know that the mob were…
disillusionment and doubt, Hamlet believes the world to be a place where it is impossible to have faith in oneself or others”
The play ‘Hamlet’ demonstrates the disillusionment and doubt of Hamlet and his new belief that the world is a place where it is impossible to have faith in oneself and others. Hamlet looses faith in those that are closest to him, when he discovers the betrayal and deceitfulness of his family and friends. Through loosing faith in the world around him he becomes disconnected and begins…
Put An End to Death Row
Everybody makes mistakes. Some people choose to make more significant mistakes than others, but at the end of the day, no one in this deranged world is perfect, not a single person. An annual average of around 2.3 million American citizens are incarcerated each year in the United states. Of those 2.3 million citizens, since year 2000, an annual average of 3,350 prisoners are sentenced to death row(Source H). These people who were at some point in their life, probably just…
The Prevalence of Death in Literature
One of the most feared things in everyone’s life is the thought of death. There are many reasons that people fear death, the most common reason is the thought that nobody knows what happens after death. Most religions believe in some sort of life after death, although it has never been factually proven that there is life after death. There are also those who fear death because they do not want to cause pain towards their loved ones. However, there are some people…