People often seem to die long before their heart stops beating. I am currently reading Victor Frankl’s book the Man’s Search for Meaning. Frankl was a psychiatrist in Nazi Germany who spent 3 years in Auschwitz. In his book, Frankl lays out the camp life of the typical prisoner and his observations as a psychiatrist. He said that people either chose apathy or despair, in which case the outside world seemed more like an apparition than a reality. Or, people chose to face their current circumstances with a heroic disposition, ready to face the challenges ahead, these were the people who survived.
It reminds me of the quote from the Dark Knight, “You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villian.” I think that quote may be exactly right on a psychological level. We may choose to opt out of the challenges in front of us and vegetate, and there are always challenges, or we can choose the way of the hero and face the challenges. I think that there are always challenges because no matter where you find yourself, there is always a problem to solve, and if you think you have solved them all, just you wait because something will manifest itself, and a failure to see that problem is an act of willful blindness.
The tricky part of life is dying the hero.
Hustle it up!