There is a famous 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.”
Marty and Ty had decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather and stroll on the path along the Alexander River. They held hands while discussing the recent death of a young man from Freedom who by freak accident was struck by lightning while climbing the Teton Peaks. Marty was not religious and had a question for her very pious boyfriend. “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.”
Ty chuckled, “I have often thought the same thing. But if you think about it, to have that sought after everlasting happiness it has to be earned and there will have to be a sorting. Especially if we want to have our own agency. 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 and experiences.“
“So, physical life is a necessary part of the progress toward everlasting life and also a time to be tested and sorted.” Marty trembled a little as she mentioned the sorting part. This prompted another concern, “If you could live forever, would you really want to?”
“I think eternal progression will be exciting and never boring. In life we learn 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 would 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.‘”
Ty continued, “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 improvement and helping others progress. To be with those we LOVE for eternity.”
Marty hated to admit Ty always made things seem appealing. He had a good point and it did help explain why God’s plan requires faith and not full knowledge. Otherwise it would not be a true test of our true self.
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