The Feeble Mind
A strang report on some philosophical questions
A Simple Study of Gravitational Waves
Nov. 23rd 2017
“I mean, they say you die twice. Once when you stop breathing and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time.” - Bansky
On our last dying breath, our last pump of the heart, when our eyes finally close for the eternal sleep, our conscious becomes something our minds can't fathom: nothing. However, putting nihilistic thoughts aside, there’s another form of existence. An existence as memories in our fellow humans.
Death, and true death, is when the brain activity ceases and cells begin the process of decaying. This is the end of the soul, the subconscious, and the conscious for the sole reason that the fuel for powering these functions is no more. Although the mortal forms of ourselves die, our existence doesn't end at the physical death. There is a lasting memory of our existence, of which there are two forms. The first is the immediate and finite while the second is eternal. The first memory of your being will be held in the mind of those closest to you. You will be in remembrance by your parents, friends, acquaintances and loved ones, but ultimately they will die as well and with them, their memories of you. It is for this reason why the first form is finite let alone, that in a tragically cold world, some don’t even acquire this level. The second form of memory surpasses immediate connections of your earthly body to become a part of humanity's collective memory. The individuals that grow to this level will be remembered by many for whose existence will be carried on for generations endlessly. These individuals, for the steps of advancement they took in the name of humanity, will not be forgotten until there is no mind left to remember.
Albeit our physical forms end on the last breath and our cozy minds sink into nothingness, our existence may live on eternally in the memory of humanity.