After death, or in the face of it, many reactions can be observed.
Thanks to popular media, we are familiar with reactions like panic, shock and depression. But those clearly are not the only or the best responses to death. Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross proved that there are five stages of grief to death and dying: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.
There are two other responses to death that I would call healthy, that is, life enhancing. They may occur during or after grief. The first one I will point out is commitment. The second one will be discussed in my next Life Forever Now post.
Examples of commitment as a response to death include what we see in marathons and other cause-based activities to stop the culprits. We have witnessed breast cancer awareness and other cure-for-the-disease-inspired marathons, public speeches to stop the use of landmines and other weaponry, police procedures and broadcasting involvement to quickly capture child kidnappers, mothers petitioning for reduction of DWI , and days of remembrance to halt future war crimes. These are committed efforts to save lives lest others be struck down before their time.
Commitment to act is an intelligent response intent on opposing those things that we should not accept. No, we should not accept the rapid rise of a cancer that destroys families by prematurely taking the lives of mothers. We also should stand united against ignorance, prejudice, abusive governments, personal and corporate irresponsibility, inhumanity in any form, human experimentation, torture, disease, poisoning for corporate profits, etc. When we do, change can happen.
The best of our cultural heroes were committed to positive change: Rosa Parks, Albert Schweitzer, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Thomas Jefferson, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa of Calcutta…
Make no mistake about it, I believe eliminating death is the ultimate quest for positive change. It makes no sense to accept death as necessary, good, just or inevitable. It especially makes no sense these days when we have technology and information no previous generations have had.
The Bible may or may not be a source of inspiration and guidance for you, but if it is, you might take note that the Lord God is quoted as saying death is not his plan for us. Ezekiel 18:32 reads, “I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign LORD.”
And neither do I. Will you join me with a commitment to stop the ultimate enemy?