Till Death, Do Your Part

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“Death is the light by which the shadow of all of life’s meaning is measured. Without death, everything would feel inconsequential, all experience arbitrary, all metrics and values suddenly zero.”– Mark Manson

Living in a modern world, far from dangerous animals, wars and threatening diseases, it’s easy to think that we’ll live for a very long time.

It is no surprise then that many modern human squander their time on empty pleasures and meaningless stuffs; like a son of a rich businessman squandering his parents’ money on a 3 days trip to Las Vegas.

A life of safety creates an illusion of immortality, and this is a very dangerous belief to adopt.

Here’s why…

Although modern medicine have increased human’s average life expectancy to 79.3 years, average human will spend 7.8 hours/day sleeping, 1.8 hours/ day on household chores and 1 hour/day on eating and drinking.

While our life expectancy is 79.3 years, 25.8 of that 79.3 years will be spent sleeping and 6.9 of that 79.3 years will be spent doing chores and chowing down food. At the end of the day you are left with 46,6 years of productive time. (Although these figures was taken from American survey, its accuracy is pretty spot on in the world context)

Remember also that all those years can easily be cut short by accident, natural disasters, unnatural disasters, diseases, alien attack or meteorites.

In other words, human life is very very short… and this is actually a good thing.

When you understand how much time you actually have in this world, you will recognize what really matters in your life. A man on a deadline will not squander his time on kiddy porn or shallow TV shows.

And in the same way, people who realize how short their lives are will not waste their time on meaningless stuffs.

Instead of obsessing over petty problems and things that will not last forever, they will focus on the most important things: relationships, good work and legacy.

As a philosophical exercise, you can try to ask yourself the following questions:

How will the world be different when you’re gone?

What mark will you leave behind?

What would you do if you have only three months left to live?

And when you finally able to accept how short life actually is, life will no longer be so dull…

Now is the time to make a difference. Now is the time to do good work. Now is the time to spend that time for your love ones, because you know what?

In this crazy world, tomorrow might never come… 

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Magnus lives in Semarang, Indonesia. He is currently managing the family's business together with his dad and his elder brother. Magnus enjoys reading and recently he started writing his personal reflections.

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