Pondering about statistics

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I reckon it takes about the average of three minutes to read each of my posts here in my blog. Well, according to statistics*, in that same space of time, 315 people will die, and another 750 will be born.

I might take an hour to write each post, and another to edit them before hitting the “publish” button: I’m sitting at my computer, concentrating on what I’m doing, squeezing down to the last drop, every bit of idea, out of my head, cars driving fast outside. Everything seems perfectly normal, and yet, during those couple of hours, 12,632 people have died, and 30,000 have just seen light of the world for the first time.

Where are those thousands of families who have just begun to mourn the loss of someone, or to smile at the arrival of a son, daughter, nephew, niece, brother or sister?

This made me reflect for a while. Perhaps many of those people were reaching the end of a long and painful illness, and some people are relieved when the Angel comes for them. Then again, hundreds of those children who have just been born will be abandoned the next moment and will go on to form part of the death statistics before I have even finished writing this post.

How strange. A simple statistic, which I happened to read, and suddenly I’m aware of all those deaths and entrances, those smiles and tears. How many of them are leaving this life while alone in their rooms, with no one realizing what’s happening? How many will be born in secret and then abandoned outside a children’s home or church building?

I think to myself that I was once part of the birth statistics and will, one day, be included amongst the numbers of dead. It is good to be aware that I will someday die. I understand that although life goes on and we are all eternal, this existence will one day end.

Sadly, most of us do not think very much about death. Instead, we spend our lives worrying about absurdities; we put things off, and fail to notice important moments. We never take risks, because we think it’s dangerous. We complain a lot, but are afraid to take action. We want everything to change, but we ourselves refuse to change.

If we think a little more about death, we would never forget to make that much-postponed phone call. We would be a little crazier. We would not be afraid of this life coming to an end, because you cannot fear something that is going to happen anyway.

There’s an adage that says: “Today is as good a day as any to leave this world.” And a wise man once said: “Death is always sitting by your side so that, when you need to do something important, it will give you the strength and the courage that you need.”

I hope that you, my dear reader-friends, have got this far. It would be foolish to be frightened by death, because all of us, sooner or later, are going to die. And, for me, only those who accept this fact are prepared for life.

It is when you acknowledge the vitality of death that you begin to truly live your life in a meaningful and purposeful way. We shall all go down to be part of the statistics. With that being said, I leave you this big question: “Will you go down just a mere part of the statistics or as a legend of your own?”

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statistics*: http://www.ecology.com/birth-death-rates

17 thoughts on “Pondering about statistics

  1. Wow! Wow! Wow! Like, love and super love this ‘thoughtful’ post, Andrei! I cannot agree more! In Bhutan, it is said that people have a ritual that makes them ponder about death not once but six times a day. This makes Bhutan one among the happiest places to live in. You have brought the irony of death makes us living every minute of our life with more zest, more happiness and more meaning!

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    1. I’m blushing in flattery with all these “Wows”. Thank you, Pranitha! 🙂
      Thank you for sharing a bit of statistics about Bhutan and how people there tend to live a happier life.
      If we’ll just see that life must be lived in the present, everything in it will take on a new meaning, like you said – we will start to live with more zest, more meaning and more happiness.
      I am grateful for all the support. Just the mere thought of reading each and every of my post makes me so inexpressively happy. Thank you so much!

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  2. I really agreed with your insight into what those statistics could possibly imply – that we should be living life more vicariously. Some would say they don’t have enough time or energy to do that, but maybe if we keep putting it off like that we’ll never get to doing the things we really care about and desire. Thanks for this lovely post 🙂

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    1. Thank you! Wouldn’t it be more meaningful to live if we just treat each and every day of our lives as if it were our last? It would possibly be a “no-holds-barred” kind of living, well, in a good sense of the jargon. Like I always say, “tomorrow is not always guaranteed to any of us” hence, we must make of every opportunity.
      I’m glad you liked the post 🙂

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  3. Andrei, this is an honest and interesting reflection. I think it is easy for us to becoming numb to statistics and not realize what they can mean for our own lives. Accepting death as part of life allows us to live with conscientiousness. Thank you for this reminder.

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    1. I agree with your words, Ali.
      Statistics were not just series of boring numbers, if we’ll consider them carefully, we can actually draw out insights from them. Thanks for reading! Have a nice day! Savor life 🙂

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  4. While reading this, I kept looking at my pc’s clock. I’m proud to say I read it within 3 minutes. Haha!

    That said, the mortality of humans is very real to me. I feel like we could die any second at any given day. Hence, I try to live in such a way that I will have no regrets, and also encourage others to do so. My theme for this year is Legacy.

    Also, it’s not always easy to live every moment to the fullest, to be honest. Sometimes, there are days when I tend to hibernate the day away. But that’s another point entirely.

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    1. You’re a fast reader then! hahaha
      True. We must strive to make the most of every moment that was given us. Tomorrow is not guaranteed to come.
      Life is full of uncertainties. As what you’ve said, what’s important is, at the end of the day you will have no regrets, whatsoever.
      All the best as you strive to make a difference in your life and in the lives of others this year, Liz!

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