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Will There Be a Tomorrow?

Saving the Earth for your future lives.
Brian L. Weiss M.D.
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Apr 10, 2011 at 10:00 AM

I have many acquaintances who obsess daily about their children’s educations: which nursery school is the best, private schools versus public schools, which college-board prep courses are the most effective, how to maximize grades and extracurricular activities to give their children an edge to get into that college, that grad school, ad infinitum. Then the same cycle will start with their grandchildren.

But these people think that this world is frozen in time, that the future will be a replica of the present.

If we continue to chop down our forests and destroy oxygen sources, what will these children breathe in 20 or 30 years? If we poison our water systems and food cycles, what will they eat? If we blindly continue to overproduce fluorocarbons and other organic wastes and blow holes in the ozone layer, will they be able to live outdoors? If we overheat this planet by some greenhouse effect and the oceans rise and we flood our coasts and overstress oceanic and continental fault lines, where will they live? And the children and grandchildren in China and Africa and Australia and everywhere else are just as vulnerable because they are all inescapably residents of this planet. And consider this. If and when you reincarnate, you will be one of these children.

So how can we worry so much about SAT tests and colleges when there may not be a world here for our progeny?

Why is everybody so obsessed with living longer? Why the preoccupation with cholesterol levels, bran diets, lipid counts, aerobic exercise, and so on?

Doesn’t it make more sense to live joyously now, to make every day full, to love and be loved, rather than worry so much about your physical health in an unknown future? What if there is no future? What if death is a release into bliss?

I am not saying to neglect your body, that it is all right to smoke and to drink excessively or to abuse substances or to be grossly obese. These conditions cause pain, grief, and disability. Just don’t worry so much about the future. Find your bliss today.

The irony is that, given this attitude and living happily in the present, you probably will live longer anyway.

Our bodies and our souls are like cars and their drivers. Always remember that you are the driver, not the car. Don’t identify with your vehicle. The emphasis these days on prolonging the duration of our lives, on living to 100 years of age or more, is madness. It’s like keeping your old Ford going past 200,000 miles, past 300,000. The body of the car is rusting out, the transmission has been rebuilt five times, things are falling off the engine, and yet you refuse to turn it in. Meanwhile there is a brand new Corvette waiting for you right around the corner. All you have to do is gently step out of the old Ford and slide into the beautiful Corvette. The driver, the soul, never changes. Only the car.

And, by the way, I think there might be a Ferrari down the road for you.

About Author
Brian L. Weiss M.D.
Brian L. Weiss, M.D., is a psychiatrist who lives and practices in Miami, Florida. He’s a graduate of Columbia University and Yale Medical School, and is the former Chairman of Psychiatry at the Mt. S Continue reading