“Death is very likely the single best invention of life. It is life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.”— Steve Jobs
Human mortality is one of the strongest forces we have, helping us focus on what is truly important, and pushing us to get things done.
Imagine you were to live forever.
Would you really finish this project now, if you can always wait another year?
Would you really face your challenges, if there is always another day?
Would you really seek to become stronger and better, if you could just chill without any real consequences?
The end of death would be the end of motivation.
Our mortality is the ultimate anti-procrastinator. You never know when the proverbial bus will hit you. Next month? Next year? Next decade?
It shakes us, awakens us from wasting time. Reboots our priorities.
The notion of death might be scary. But living forever might be even scarier. So think twice before you wish to live forever.