A Mystical Panorama of Life
How to end?
Reaching the end of our deliberations, it would perhaps be fitting to devote some attention to the question of endings themselves. The fact that everything comes to an end is not something we ever doubt. However, we know less about how and when to end. Yet this is in many ways an existential subject, although very much neglected. Difficult as it is to make a start, coming to an end can be even harder. Our habits and emotions have great influence in this area. The knowledge that something has been started should evoke an attitude of responsibility. External circumstances are most frequently the problem, but so are our limitations. We are quite often aware how fragile our existence is, and how everything conspires against not only us, but also all our undertakings. Emil Cioran described it in a manner that is both vivid and very true: “Every being emerges from no one knows where, gives out its little cry and disappears without trace”.18 The question about the meaning and permanence of human actions cannot but be linked to the question of the transcendental dimension of our life. Regardless of the answer we give, we experience only too painfully how much we are “on a journey”, subject to the flow of time and given little influence on what we do. From an eschatological perspective we might say that the only thing that is certain is death, and that sounds to us pompous at best. In practice, however, contemporary...
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