The Birth of Death

The Birth of Death

there was a point
where we first became aware of death
other animals never bury their dead
at some point in human evolution
we became aware of our own mortality
before this self awareness
life was lived spontaneously
fully in the present moment
with no sense of the past or future
then something happened
that separated us from the other animals
and developed an understanding
of a past and a future
and from the evidence of those around us
we could discern
that the future included an end
and at some point we would cease to exist
this awful awareness
was the fear of death
which marked the beginning of religion
and when we overcome the fear of death
it will be the end of religion

017a

 

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