The Importance Of Death

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One thing that we often hear is that “death is just a part of life.” So often in our day and age do we hear people utter these words. However, death is far more significant and impactful than some would allege. True death is not merely a time when we cease to exist; it is an entombment, a mindset in which we are dead to this world. Throughout our lives, it is true that we can all be dead in one way or another, but it does not have to be that way. When we have our eyes opened to what death actually is, it is far easier to grasp what the true meaning of life is, and to embrace it. Often, we will come across individuals who are enveloped in death and others who are immersed in true life. The shadow of death and entombment lies upon some, encompassing…show more content…
To truly become alive is to be woken up, broken in, and interrupted from a trance-like state of indifference. When we are awakened in spirit, we can finally experience true joy and true life. We will be able to see that we were not truly living before, but that we can now feel more, understand more, and imagine more. In The Silver Chair, Puddleglum the Marshwiggle displays an enormous amount of courage and life, undeterred when standing up to the wicked Queen. He speaks life to the fullest while everyone around him is captivated by evil, enthralled by the charm and deceit of dark magic. As the evil queen tries to trick four beings into a belief that Narnia does not exist, Puddleglum exclaims, “Suppose we have only dreamed, or made up, all those things… But four babies playing a game can make a play-world which licks your real world hollow” (The Silver Chair 190-191). In this, Puddleglum demonstrates that he is alive and flourishing by capturing the essence of Christianity. Hebrews 12:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Without life, faith, and hope, there is no way to know what is true, or to have any kind of understanding of what we are confident is true. Puddleglum has established that he knows what he lives for, and that he will stick to his beliefs, no matter what. Wendell Berry states, “Be like the fox who makes more tracks than necessary,…show more content…
Life is not merely something that we experience outwardly. It can be an awakening to imagination, emotion, and true virtue. As we experience feelings in the way Puddleglum lived, believing in something so profound and so realistic that no apathy or emptiness could ever dissuade him, we can learn to live a life worth continuing. Keeping our eyes on that which is not fleeting or passing away, we can learn to feel more and with purpose. As 1 John 2:17 declares, “And the world is passing away with all its desires, but the person who does the will of God remains
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