Death is the permanent cessation of all biological functions that sustain a living organism. No matter who or what you are, you will die. When will that happen?  Are you ready? Will you die of the virus? Do you have life insurance? 

Buddhists believe death is a natural part of the life cycle. They believe that death simply leads to rebirth. This belief in reincarnation — that a person’s spirit remains close by and seeks out a new body and new life — is a comforting and important principle.

How many of you remember World War II?

Eva Braun was a long-time companion of Adolph Hitler. They were married 40 hours; prior to this, Hitler bid farewell to his servants and  killed his dog then poisoned Braun and shot himself. This happened on April 30, 1945.

Mussolini and his mistress, Claretta Petacci, were executed two days earlier on April 28, 1945, in Mezzegra, Italy. He, his mistress and his close associates had been shot by partisans  and their corpses strung up by their feet for all to see. One woman, deciding  Mussolini wasn’t dead enough for her, emptied a pistol into the dictator’s body and  shouted, “Five shots for my five assassinated sons !” 

There are 4,300 different types of  religions in the world.  The five major world religions are Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam. Which do you follow ? Do you follow any religion?

We are living in very dangerous and unbelievable times.  Besides health problems, we have a multitude of  political, financial, housing, employment and a slew of other problems. The politicians are in a stalemate — they cannot meet the needs of the people. It seems that all they can do is to think about the upcoming elections.

And how about your personal problems?  Are you thinking about them and have you done anything to try to solve them?  Now is the time to have some quiet time. 

Sit down, take a few deep breaths and think — you don’t know what lies ahead.

“The tragedy of  life is not death or separation;  the tragedy of life is death and indifference.”

Are you voting?

Saad Assad

Ashtabula

 

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