Society’s almighty struggle with external influences

James Bond- The full ending quote in the film, NO TIME TO DIE.

‘’I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in a magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.”

Did you watch the latest Bond film, No Time to Die? Wow, what a message there was in there (if you are paying attention) Truth lay bare as it always is, hidden in plain sight.

I recall watching the film at the cinema. I thought that last line was so beautiful and poignant.

To live with meaning, a meaningful life is to go through many stages of death throughout life to continually rebirth the new you. We have to shed our skin like a snake and cast off all the things no longer serving us to proceed forwards.

Sometimes this means moving into phases of a significant decline in order to catapult forwards and grow even further. This phase of decrease, death of the old self, and discomfort is a necessary part of life and living itself. Failure is a great teacher. Boy, have I failed on multiple occasions; learning some painful life lessons. I hold no regrets, all part of the fabric and journey of living a life worth living.

Yet, as a collective, we never experience this necessary death cycle because we never allow time; there is no time to die. We are busy being distracted, staying safe, and seeking external pleasures.

We have numbed the senses with alcohol, drugs, fake news, fake food and social media scrolling. The TV dramas glamorise and normalise this stressful existence with big glasses of wine or shots of alcohol at the end of each day to numb the senses. Work all week and get trashed at the weekend, rinse and repeat; all normalised, even applauded.

Drive the latest car, have the labels, and look hot and happy on the external front but whatever you do, we must never go within and become conscious of the slow death slave system many still so fiercely want to protect and defend.

The joke is on us; cracks are showing and getting bigger. Whether you like it or not, the old world is dying and sinking further. We cannot run from this necessary death.

What you run from is ultimately going to hunt you down anyway. Better to face the things you run from head-on. Run towards death, and paradoxically you will find life.

Written by Lisa Precious