The question of death

So many of you may already know that I manage an online science community which is centered around physics and philosophy. And every once in a while I get asked questions such as, "can we go back in the past", "what is time paradox", "why do we see colors on a CD", and so on.

the question of death who will remember us

This time someone by the name Zahid Ayoub wanted me to respond to his deeply philosophical query. He asked, "If I die today then one hundred years later, what is the proof that I was alive at this time?" Hence this post.

Human beings have sought the meaning of life and death since time immemorial and therefore the question itself is not entirely new. We want to know what life is, our purpose, why we are born, why we exist and why we perish in the end.

If one is to use the principles of science to answer his question, "nature herself will know that you once lived and breathed," because she replenishes her former conditions time after time. In fact, if I am to quote astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, "we are all connected: to each other, biologically; to the earth, chemically; to the rest of the universe, atomically."

Meaning that if you were to die today, your friends and family will remember and they'll forever cherish the memories you made with them... well at least as long as they're still alive and kicking. But at the same time, your skin and bones will also return to the earth, go back to where they came from, only to be utilized again.

the question of death who will remember us

This life, turns out, is pretty much like a water cycle you know what I mean? But then again, one hundred years after, what shall be the "concrete evidence" that I once existed? Although the question's been solved to some extent by invoking scientific argument yet don't you feel something's missing still?

Yes, because it really was a superficial solution to be honest, and so I pondered upon the original problem again for a little while. Then at last... I worked it out to the core I believe. The solution is simply, "plant a tree!"

Let me explain: assuming that the tree is going to be taken care of, it will grow and breathe in your place for decades or even for many centuries without losing its ground, and become the "living proof" of your past existence.

Isn't this really beautiful? You've long gone but the tree you planted on the day of your going still standing tall and handsome... giving away food to the hungry as well as shelter to the needy. But I  humbly request everyone to plant a tree today and not wait until they're old and dying.

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