We also need to contribute to our fellow beings if we wish to be truly alive. We are most alive when we engage societally - by acting for and revering human life, committing to our life-purpose and meaningful work, interacting with those we help, transforming politics, and acting globally and for future generations - as an expression of the deep connection to life that comes from life-affirming death awareness.
We are most truly alive when we not only revere life, but act on its behalf.
It is harder to feel reverence for human life than nature or a divinity, but doing so is key to being truly alive.
Facing death can increase our desire to risk making our work more meaningful, and to commit to our real life-purpose.
Facing death can create empathy, leading to social action in which we learn from as well as help others.
Nothing enlivens more than transformative political action. And nothing is harder to achieve.