Life takes on many forms. In man, it is predicated on consciousness. To achieve what it takes to live, science and philosophical understanding dictate that there would be awareness, a conscious appreciation of everything that affects life. And the truth is: All living things have their respective consciousness. Whether this is anchored on survival or based on the preservation if not in the pursuit of procreation.
It is consciousness that dictates the presence of life. In the spiritual or philosophical sense, it is referred to as the soul, that inner force which makes life pulsate in a specific direction, according to a set or pattern. Clinically, it is sometimes called an instinct. Or character. Or essence. Or psyche.
In any metaphysical discussion, life is said to reincarnate; others believe in resurrection, and in some conversion. Once there is life, it continues without a break to sustain nature. Life indicates proportion; nature on the other proposes balance.
Man’s knowledge of life is limited and merely based according to what is measured and understood in science. Unable to pierce the veil of mystery, man concludes his belief within the parameters of available facts. For him, life begins at birth, then it towards adulthood, old age, sickness, then death.
It is the same cycle observed by Prince Siddhartha until finally he was convinced that it was what was in store for mankind. In appreciating the ambiguity, he founded meditation and became The Buddha, or the Enlightened One. Buddhists are known to be fanatical in respecting life—whatever its forms.
500 years after the death of Buddha (he died at the age of 80 as a consequence of food poisoning), another great historical figure would be born of similar supernatural background, when during birth angels were said to be hovering. Jesus of Nazareth, believed to be a member of the Essence tribe would have major influence and would become the icon for Christianity. Jesus’ take on Life can be summed up in his message:” I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he dies, yet shall he live.” (John 11:25) Unfortunately for his disciples, all of them, except for Luke, passed away under the most painful way. But for Christians, life as seen ordinarily is temporary and that life in heaven is the most rewarding. Like the Buddhist, Christians are zealous too in respecting life.
Anything that animates nature, anything found in nature supports life. A withered leaf falling from a tree may be seen essentially as a dead mass but looking up close, it is a bearer of life if not virtually alive. In the dictionary of life there is no term called death. Life is perennial and perpetual. There is no end to it. Death in the way, or on how humanity understands it, is not even an end or loss of life. Biologically, it is merely a shift in form, a change of perspective, a transformation. It is still life in all its glorious beginnings.
A plant or even an animal may not have the same facility as that of man in expressing the conditions of life but it is alive and co-existing in a sentient world. Plants and animals below the human specie have their respective consciousness too. It may not be as complicated but it is complex and sophisticated to a large extent. Plants and animals may rely mainly on advantages brought about by evolutionary functions but their capabilities at times transcends the best man could offer.
Life and nature are inseparable. One cannot exist without the other. Each complements another and in their natural discourse, both are enhanced and sustained. Both have its limitations and extent of its sphere of power. Notwithstanding boundaries it overlaps and has a tendency even to blend as if just a singular entity.
Life cannot defeat or overrule nature and so does nature on life. Everything proceeds into a cycle. At a glance, the movement is cylindrical and would continue in its spiral flow in perpetuity or for as long as nature and life share in its movement.
In this planet we call Earth, there is only one singular issue that permeates all through out its universe and that is LIFE within its sphere can only be explained through NATURE. And there is no end to it until the earth ceases to exist.
Rejoice! In the dictionary of nature, there is only Life and no death.