Here’s a sobering thought below, penned by multi-award winning author John Green in his most recent novel The Fault of our Stars. The novel won rave reviews in (amongst others) Time Magazine and in the New York Times. John Green’s first novel, Looking for Alaska, won the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award. His second novel, An Abundance of Katherines, was a 2007 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His next novel, Paper Towns, was a New York Times bestseller and won the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best YA Mystery.
“There will come a time when all of us are dead. All of us. There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything. There will be no one left to remember Aristotle or Cleopatra, let alone you. Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten and all of this will have been for naught. Maybe that time is coming soon and maybe it is millions of years away, but even if we survive the collapse of our sun, we will not survive forever. There was time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be time after. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that’s what everyone else does.”
Yes, sometimes I do wonder why we are all here struggling and fighting each other in life’s big competition to succeed, with the strong clambering over the weak in their attempts to get to the top of the mountain first. And what of the ones that ultimately succeed in scaling life’s assault course? Well…it seems they lap up their five minutes of fame, but they are usually burnt out well before their time at the effort involved. So…what’s it all for, if at birth we are all handed a compulsory one-way ticket to oblivion?
My husband Sam is one of life’s practical people, not a deep thinker at all. This blog wouldn’t bother him, as he would choose to ignore it. As far as he’s concerned, we’re here to try and be happy until it’s time to check out.
Perhaps that’s the best way! What do you think?