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Coming to grips with mortality…

This week’s articles and content in Milénio are focusing in on wills, estates and future planning of your death when it comes, and it will come and how things will get distributed upon your passing. Even though you may or may not have a will and many don’t, the topic has to be addressed by you at some point in your life. These topics got me thinking and also reflecting on how l would deal with these issues and do it in a fair and equitable way.

It got me thinking and the words “fair and equitable” kept creeping into my thoughts and how that would work with my personal situation or it may be yours. Obviously, everyone’s situation is very different and how one makes decisions would be based on your feelings at the time that you execute a will or lay out your decisions when the time comes to execute that document.

The thought of your mortality comes to the fore front once you start to consider all you option that would be made available to your recipients. My thoughts on this topic have changed during the years, but my general premise has not, but the mortality question gets asked by myself each time l revisit this topic. As you get on in life, you ask your self more questions about how you may want to be judged and what sort of a legacy that you may want to leave. Many of us start to reflect on this and in my case, there are still things that l would like to do.
Many of you may have a bucket list and things that you may want to accomplish, but in my case, l just try to do things that interest me and l try to venture out and try new things. Throughout modern history, one of the questions that humans have asked the most is “what is the meaning of life?”

 

 

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We are all hungry for meaning, for purpose, for the feeling that our life is worth more than the sum of its parts. Luckily, humans are resourceful, we have infinite ways of finding meaning and infinite potential sources of meaning. We can find meaning in every scenario, every event, every occurrence, every context. We can find meaning in the sublime, in the absurd, in the dull and dreary, and in the perfectly wretched in life.

We intuitively know that we want meaning in our lives, and that meaning helps us thrive, but we rarely stop to ask…” why do we need meaning? How does meaning affect us? What even is meaning?

If you have ever asked these questions yourself, you are in the right place….

There are so many ways to define meaning that it is impossible to narrow it down to just one or two best definitions of meaning. After all, the word meaning can have a different meaning for everyone. In my case this word makes me try to be the best that l can be. Now that may sound like a cliché, but l truly try to be the best that l can not only with myself, but with others.

Why l came down to this conclusion for my definition, is because l have struggled immensely with this word of “meaning” and my journey in life. I think that l will continue to struggle with this word, and it may also change for me, if it does and l find a new definition, l will pass it along to you. Modernism spawned many new theories and perspectives that challenged the wisdom of tradition and conformity in favour of newer, more innovative ideas. One such offshoot was logical positivism.

In modern psychology, meaning itself is generally no longer questioned, virtually all psychologists agree that meaning exists as a concept for humans, that it can be found in the world around us, and that we can create or uncover our own unique sense of meaning as well.

In that sense, we’ve come to a post-postmodern understanding of meaning. We are no longer seeing distinct, discrete theories of meaning, instead we are comfortable mixing and mashing and merging ideas from different theories.

The reason why l decided to write this piece on the meaning of life is because it brought into focus for me a much clearer picture of how l would deal with my will and estate and it may hopefully help you if you have not gotten to thinking about your estate. Whether one has anything to do with the other, for me it made asking myself what the meaning to life is…. clearer on dealing with my own issues. You may be someone that is very busy with all kinds of things including family, but at some point, in your life, you need to ask yourself that question.

To my surprise, most of the folks with whom l have talked about the meaning of life have told me that they did not think that their lives were meaningful enough. Many even presented their lives as outright meaningless. Many, l thought, did not pose relevant questions that might have changed their views, or take the actions that might have improved their conditions. Even though many people at first glance may not see the relevance to their existence, but once you have some time to reflect, it takes on a whole other dimension. I am not trying to be heavy here with all kinds of philosophical questions, but you have to ask the question.

Regardless of whether some of these questions may challenge you or just not interest you. Preparing for the inevitable is something that you need to consider and if you have no idea of how to start, ask a friend for advice or speak with a lawyer. This week’s coverage in this publication will give you great insight and help on how to do things or how you can ask for help.

You can’t take it with you, so make sure that your wishes are kept and distributed as you wanted and not by someone else.

Vince Black

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