“At birth we come At death we go… Bearing nothing.”
We leave this physical world as we perceive it the same way we enter it, bearing nothing, not even clothes. This quote was meant to hit home with a few main points in a succinct, powerful manner. One point is that life is transient, impermanent. Another is that we have no material possessions, at birth or death.
We are to understand that not only are our lives short and transient, but that material possessions have no true meaning or value in the long run. Are we then to conclude that we should focus solely on our spiritual side and forget material objects altogether?
Doesn’t sound appealing? It shouldn’t, it is not the normal life for most people. Again, we should seek the middle way, not an extreme way of asceticism nor gluttony. We are to live our lives but be mindful of fragile life, the impermanence of material objects and the life around it, and the inevitable unending cycle of the universe.
This is not supposed to be depressing. We are to accept these truths and become comfortable, even at ease with these facts as we understand them. For those who cannot, let go of your ego, become detached from that which does not matter. Realize then that every moment is precious that we can enjoy with our loved ones, with our material possessions, and with others in the world.
The view of a dinosaur was probably quite a fascinating spectacle, all the way up until it ate you.