Our culture avoids it, fears it, is attracted to it, and uses it as a threat.
But every now and then, an anomaly shows up. I met a couple who raised 7 children, successfully, on a farm. The mother told me, “The farm life taught the children about life and death.”
Interesting. She spoke of life and death as equal, mortal elements that shouldn’t absorb so much attention when the true task is to live.
How can we live life and death?
By not making life and death something they are not.
Mortal life and death are not immortal or lasting.
Life isn’t a competition for wealth and fame and human approval. Death isn’t something we escape or dodge.
Life expresses itself through us as spiritual beings. Life is God, manifesting itself, in countless individuality, through us.
Death is the human interpretation of spiritual life unattached to mortality. Someone dies and we realize they are still alive in consciousness.
Human life and death can be beautiful, but it can also be ugly. We read in Matthew 16:21-23:
From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22 And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” 23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”
I bet it was somewhat of a struggle, but Jesus didn’t focus on human life and death. Christ Jesus lived immortality; he expressed integrity, forgiveness, courage, and wisdom.