Yes, Learning

"While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die."  (Leonardo da Vinci)
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5 Responses Apr 19, 2012

WO. This is an excellent thread to read. Chock full of good stuff. I have always had a really goofy take on death and how it connects to learning. I never thought of death as a bad or scary thing. It's just the next step in where ever it is we're all headed......It's the only thing we are ALL guaranteed to experience! So I think if we embrace as much knowledge as possible and learn all we can about as much as is possible for us then maybe death leads to somewhere even cooler then where we are. For me death is like the last big surprise to look forward to. I know how odd that sounds. I've never been suicidal either...just accepting that it waits up ahead like a future turn on life's road.... :)

awaaa thanks.... :)

This is a wonderful quote really made me think , I think I feel the same way . I will die that is a fact , if I must then I want to be able to die knowing I have made something worthwhile of my life . That I have reached out to as many people as I can and helped whenever I could, that I have loved my family and friends the best I could . That I have shown compassion and empathy wherever possible and that I leave the earth trying my hardest to have left no scars behind me , that no one will think on my memory with anger or hurt. Knowing this I make my path , walk down my road of life with always this thoughts in mind . Therefore I am learning how to die .

A very good quote. I understand becuase for a while I was learning how to die. So that quote really rings a bell with me.

I may be wrong but i feel this is a relevant quote to add. I love to look back on these words as well. <br />
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The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered "Man.... Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived."

I have to agree but for the most part I think people in general have a tendency to take the easy way out. In the sense of they need to be told how to be happy instead of looking for it within themselves. Everywhere we turn we are force fed images and ideas that we need this or that to be happy in return you are never content with what you currently have and you fail to miss the little things that make life so special and unique to us all. Dalai Lama's words here are a great way to bring us back to the reality of things.

If to live is to die, or if. . . to die is to live. . . then I should know what should be worth living or dying for. "Self denial" is all I could come up. . . I might as well seek to have what's for my children's happiness first, before embarking to the unknown.