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Thursday, January 03, 2008

BREVITY of the LIFE


An interesting article appeared today in the BBC Front Page, online, gives an account of the radical changes of attitude to life (happiness/unhappiness) of poor and rich people, confronted with terminal illnesses or death. In such circumstances, many or few, travel, borrow money, seek pleasures, climb mountains, seek more wealth imposing their ambitions, charging the causes of their illnesses to the shortness of life. But, when the death come, it dissapear all achieved by anyone. Faced with this, the Roman philosopher Seneca, advises in Brevity of Life, that life is not short, but rather long, for those who know how to live. Returning to the terminally ill, traveling many countries, seeking pleasure before his death, just to say at the end of the travel that he did not enjoy it, Aristotle would say to this respect: "If you would not travel with alone yourself". We should know that our body is a bus into which one gets up and gets off at any time. It is better not to want the impossible, that at least alone cause enormous suffering. One must try to be honest and virtuous. One of the biggest virtue is knowing how to face death.


BREVEDAD de la VIDA

Un interesante articulo aparecido hoy BBC Front Page, online, da cuenta de los cambios radicales de actitud frente a la vida (felicidad/antifelicidad), de personas pobres y ricas al ser confrontadas con enfermedades terminales o, la muerte. En tales circunstancias, muchos o algunos, viajan, se endeudan, buscan placeres, escalan montañas, buscan mas riqueza imponiendo sus ambiciones, achacando las causas de sus males a la cortedad de la vida. Tan pronto se acerca la fecha de la muerte, se apresuran asimismo a constatar que todo lo conseguido materialmente, es avasallado por la muerte. Frente a ello, el filosofo romano Seneca, aconseja en La Brevedad de la Vida, sugiere que la vida no es corta, sino mas bien larga, para quien la sabe vivir. Refiriendonos al enfermo terminal, que viaja muchos paises antes de su muerte buscando placer, solo para decir al final que no disfruto de su viaje, Aristóteles diria : “Si solo hubieras dejado de viajar consigo mismo”. Realmente, deberiamos saber que nuestro cuerpo es un bus al que se sube y se baja en cualquier momento. Que es mejor no desear lo imposible, causante de enormes sufrimientos. Contentarse con lo que se tiene. Que importa ser honrado. Que hay que procurar ser virtuoso y que una de las mas grandes virtudes es saber afrontar la muerte.

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