Jan 9, 2012

Life and Death Are Both Sides of a Coin

Today's topic is very controversial, so I'm afraid that readers will misunderstand what I mean. Anyway I'll try to do my best.

There are over nineteen thousands dead or missing from the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11.

A lot of people all over the world were really worried about the victims of this earthquake, and in fact they've encouraged and helped the victims in many ways.

I often watched on TV the victims expressing their appreciation and saying that they wanted to restore their own villages and towns even if it would take a lot of time.

But watching them talking about positive things broke my heart. I think that they really feel positive, but at the same time they must feel badly about their lives. I hope that there are the people who hear about their negative feelings.

Steve Jobs died on October 5. In his speech at Stanford University he said as bellow.
No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true. Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
Just for a few years before he died, he did the best work in his life, because he got nearest to his death.

The positive and the negative, life and death are both sides of a coin. The dark side of the life has meanings for us.

We can get rich lessons even from death and misery. Of course it's important for everyone to overcome sadness, but it also important to live with sadness, misery and death.

I've suffered from depression. My depression has taught me a lot of precious lessons and I'm living with depression.

I want to encourage the victims of this earthquake. I hope that they'll over come the damage of it. At the same time they have to live with the earthquake and I hope that it'll make their lives richer.


  1. Dear Yagian, please forgive me if I am doubtful of words spoken by Steve Jobs. I think there has been alot of hype about everything that Steve Jobs did and his way of thinking, and maybe this has a lot to do with the success that he achieved. As you genially state, his triumph that he achieved when nearing his death. So the timming was almost out of a heroes tale. However, when reading the quote I wondered how many people had the same ideas as him, invested so dangerously as him, and because they decided to follow these ideas, they failed completelly, and had ruined or unhappy lifes. On the other hand, so many people have little ambitions and they seem so happy. Maybe it is better to think things in a sort of greyzone. For instance, the tsunami in Japan was a disaster of tragic proportions and unfortunately brought a lot of destruction and death to many people, it destroyed lifes, but it also brought a new start for a lot of people. Sometimes, we need a deep shock in our life to have a restart that change our life for the better. The problem is that life is so complex and non-linear that we never know if a shock that looks really bad will really bring something bad or if it will bring a brigther future...but is not this one of the things that make life worthwhile living? the hope that we have in happiness no matter what happens in our lifes! I believe, that in spite of the loss for many people affected by the tsunami, that they have strong and deep hopes in their hearts, and just for that, they are as much as - or even more - heroes than Steve Jobs was.

  2. Thank you for your comment as usual. I guess that we wrote about the same thing in other ways. Victims from this disaster are as much heroes as Steve Jobs, and at the same time Steve Jobs is as a much hero as the victims.