THESE days, I have been exploring subjects about life & death. I'm hardly the kind of person who would do that. It's all started when I watched the speech given by Steve Jobs (and I mentioned it in my previous blog entry); and a week later, I came across this blog of a Korean mother - Shin, living in Singapore, who has advanced cancer. Recently, I chanced upon a video link about this dying professor - Randy Pausch in States, suffering from Pancreatic Cancer, giving his "last lecture". A very important lesson about life (which I'm going to show to you later.)
Pity them we should not. It's not that my heart is made of steel. But they don't need them. In fact, they are mentally and physically stronger than most of us. Why should we? Shin just completed marathon last December, Randy Pausch can do plenty of decent push-ups. They have common traits. They are fighters and not ready to give up anytime. Most importantly, they teaches important life lessons one way or another... In my humble opinion, I say they deserve our respects instead.
Today, we had a very interesting discussion with Thomas about religion. It's seems to me that religion is just one language that is used to communicate the inner being of us, quesioning about life & death. Thomas just converted to Christianity, and he explains how he got the answers he was looking for all this while (while he is bathing). Good for him. We were happy for him too. Ironically, free thinkers has religion too. They quest and they seek answer for themselves too. Like me, I am dying to live and seek the meaning of life. And I found the answer from the 3 persons that I have mentioned earlier.
Ultimately, whatever religion you have, it's all driven to one question to be asked eventually, i.e. "whether have we live?" As I had said to Thomas this afternoon, it is the matter of "how many meaningful days we had led" and not the "how many days that we have left." And apparently, I am so not ready to leave this world. : )
Now, lets listen to what Randy has to tell us. I hope you would have learn something from this too...