Monday, May 20, 2019

What is life?

The Beatles (George Harrison) produced a song by the same title; a song that answers that life without love, perhaps a particular person, is no life at all. 

Is this so; that life is nothing without love, the love of a particular person or persons? 
“Who am I without you by my side?”, so goes the question from this classic. 
In a favorite film of mine, Moonstruck, the character (Ronnie) played by Nicolas Cage, the same question arises,
“What is life”, for which he answers,
“They say that bread is life and I bake bread,” he barks out while throwing loafs of bread into a bin, only to break into a tyrant over the sad experience of lost love and his hand maimed from a bread slicer. 
Song and story aside, what does the Bible say of life?  

Generally, the Bible describes life beyond life, the eternal versus the present, temporal life.  If/as there is life after life, the life described is bliss, a realm of bounty and beauty surpassing any and all at present. 

Voltaire describes the “present” life as,
…a shipwreck,
But stresses that,
“We must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.”
And as to the rescue, the sparing of life, he writes,
God is a circle whose center is everywhere and circumference is nowhere.
No matter the place in life, can anyone firmly decide to be beyond the circle? 

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