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Death as an advisor!

F/A – 18 D Hornet

Yesterday a jet fighter plane, an F/A-18 D Hornet, crashed in a residential area of San Diego about half a mile from where I work in Town Centre Dr. It is said that both engines malfunctioned and the pilot ejected after trying without success to get to the Miramar base. Upon crashing the plane destroyed two houses, damaged three more and killed four people, leaving neighbors to fight the fire amid billowing ominous black smoke until the fire engines arrived.

Yesterday, Death came unexpectedly out of the clear blue sky. And it made me see clearly how true it is that there is no safe haven in this world. Death is lurking at every turn (even when we are “safe” at home) and it is unstoppable. What comes to be ceases to be, sometimes swiftly and suddenly. Nobody here gets out alive.

If we keep Death in mind, however, our life becomes richer and deeper, for we don’t take tomorrow for granted. Death’s advice is to live today, to live now! We must make our plans for the future while ready to die today.

Quote of the day: “Awareness of death is the very bedrock of the path. Until you have developed this awareness, all other practices are obstructed.” –The Dalai Lama

PS  The accident’s main victim was not at the crash site. He lost his home, his wife, his two daughters and his mother-in-law. I can’t  imagine his pain.  The price we pay for our war machine is sometimes too high. Will human beings ever realize how high a price we pay for war itself, or will we always be obtuse egomaniacs?

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