You have probably seen the Larry King interview when Neil deGrasse Tyson eloquently explains why he would not want to live forever. He said, “If you could live forever would you?” Then he added, “The way I look at it is the knowledge that I am going to die is what creates the FOCUS I bring to being ALIVE. The urgency of ACCOMPLISHMENT. The need to express LOVE now not later. If we live forever why ever even get out of bed in the morning because you always have tomorrow. That is not the kind of life I want to live.”
If we knew for sure we will live forever, I think Neil deGrasse Tyson might have a good point. Instead it seems to me Tyson has explained why God’s plan requires faith and not a full knowledge.
The question I have ask myself is– why if there is a God do we need to live a mortal life in the first place? The pain, the fear, the unknowns of physical life are sometimes overwhelming. For what purpose must we experience joy and happiness mixed with a healthy dose of tribulation? Why not just skip the travail and go straight to the eternal happiness.
To have that sought after everlasting happiness made me realize there would have to first be a sorting. The purpose of mortal existence is somehow tied to gaining a resurrected immortal body by first experiencing temporary physical law at the same time learning eternal moral law from the good and the bad of physical choices.
In life we learn as Tyson says, to FOCUS on being ALIVE, to ACCOMPLISH, and to express LOVE. When we FOCUS on motivating faith that there is an everlasting ALIVE, we will not procrastinate because we know there will be an accounting. We will want to ACCOMPLISH great and wonderful things. We will want the ability to LOVE and be kind so we can live with kind and loving people. The Savior told us the number one most important commandment is in Matthew 22:37-40, “Love the Lord thy God with all they heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”
Why would I want to be ALIVE forever? Why? To live without fear. To be separated from those who do not want to LOVE or be kind. To compensate those who died young or had their lives wrongfully taken. To allow joy to those who had none on this earth. To ACOMPLISH things we cannot even imagine. To FOCUS on progress and helping others progress. To be with those we LOVE for eternity.
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