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Death is not an end. Its just a beginning. We shouldn't be worried what happens after death. Rather we should be more worried to live while we are alive. Live the life we want to live, do the things we want to do.

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There was a man in Baghdad who sent his servant to the market to buy provisions.

And in a little while the servant came back, white and trembling, and said, "Master, just now when I was in the market place, I was jostled by a woman in the crowd. And when I turned, I saw it was death that jostled me. She looked at me and made a threatening gesture; now lend me your horse and I’ll ride away from this city and avoid my fate. I’ll go to Samara and there death will not find me.”

The merchant lent him a horse and servant mounted it and he dug his spurs in its flanks and as fast as the horse could gallop, he went. Then the merchant went down to the market place and he saw me standing in the crowd. He came near me and said, "Why did you make a threatening gesture to my servant, when you saw him this morning?”

“That was not a threatening gesture, "I said, it was only a start of surprise. I was astonished to see him in Baghdad, for I had an appointment with him tonight in Samara.”

The nature of death makes life precious. When something becomes more precious, it then cause us to feel the depth of loss that we are going through when we realize that we will never ever experience these precious moments the day we die. Thus, we become more fearful and sad. Hence, the logic of death and life has some element of vicious cycle which makes it hard to totally not feel sad all the time in our lives.

It is not the end of the physical body that should worry us. Rather, our concern must be to live while we're alive.


In the preface of Jeffrey Archer’s '12 Red Herrings'

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Manu Jaswal Sr. VP at Mizuho Bank

Though its an old story but still reminds - how fragile life is and our efforts against the destiny. Hence its more important to enjoy and live while one is alive.

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Nicole Rush Student of Life

I loved the concluding part of the story. But because of fear of death, one can't stop loving, one can't stop increasing his love and affections, one can't stop exploring further layers of life, one can't stop evolving. Basically one can't stop living to encounter fear. Again it will be a vicious circle.

Life is meant to be lived, each and every moment to its fullest. When time comes, one should go happily that he lived his life to the fullest, did things he wanted to to, visited places he wanted to, ate, drink, made friends, foes, created few things, spoiled some things.

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Manu Jaswal Sr. VP at Mizuho Bank

I fully agree with your comment Nicole. Good one.

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