Death is an inevitable certainty. Sooner or later, death cannot be patient to pick up this crippled body. Each of us, who is alive, cannot escape from the pursuit of death. There is no place to hide, no place that death cannot reach. If death is certain, why do most humans try to avoid it? Why are most of us so afraid of the death that ushers us into the next world?
They say the threat of the next world is so terrible if we are not commendable here. Wouldn't a human be very hypocritical when he pretended to be commendable in the world if only to avoid the threat called hell? The world is indeed a stage. We are actors who were given a role by God to play something on His stage. But, is pretence a thing that deserves to be staged on His stage?
Good actors don't pretend. Pretending is only played by those who are not good at acting. A good actor plays the role with all his heart, dives into the role, and releases himself to become the person of the role. When the actor plays his role in the film, it is not good for the actor to pretend to play the role. It is not a good actor if he plays a role by showing his desire to get paid.
It is a commendable act if we imitate film actors to explore the roles that God has given us in His theatrical stage. Like actors in movies, we all as God's actors need to feel like playing a role wholeheartedly, dive into our role, and let go of ourselves to become the person of the role. Life is a time to know yourself. Knowing yourself is an attempt to understand your God-given role. Many wise people say; "Whoever knows himself will know his Lord, and whoever knows his Lord will perish (mortality)."
It is not known who first said that, but almost all wise men certainly said the same thing. It is a useless thing if we live life without trying to know ourselves because it means we are plunged into the transience of the world without trying to get closer to God.
Doesn't almost every religion command us to get closer to God? So how do we get closer if we don't try to know Him? How else can we know Him if we don't try to know ourselves and the role He has given us?
I don't know how to know ourselves and understand our role, but history records that wise people and those who are considered close to God are people who like to pray, contemplate, and think. Call it Buddha, Jesus, until the Prophet Muhammad is known as someone who often stays away from the hustle and bustle of worldly life to sink into contemplation of the world in silence.
Humans are actors who are given special roles by God. Anyone who deviates from this role will certainly be rewarded when death picks him up. To avoid unwanted rewards, it seems we need to reflect on ourselves and our role.
When we understand ourselves and our assigned roles, it means that we can carry out the commands of the Creator who deliberately sent us down into the world. In this way, we fulfil the purpose of our creation. Is there anyone who doesn't like it when his creation fulfils its purpose? I don't know what God is like, but my mind says so.
Death marks the end of the opportunity to know oneself. Death is the time for the soul to rise from the shackles of the mortal body. Life is said to be too short to be immersed in life because death has no patience to pick it up. Like it or not, death will force us to attend the afterlife banquet. Ready or not, death will surprise those of us who are alive.
The real surprise party is death because it is not a surprise if anyone knows when the surprise will come. Only God knows when death will come. A party of surprises that sends us alive to the outbreak of sorrow and weeping.
Death is a surprise party that hides in silence. When the body becomes silent and helpless, the soul screams independence to welcome real life. The home life that the soul longs for, the world that before the soul was entangled in this body lived. Eternal life eternal, intimate life with God. See you later, death. May you take me in peace.