On Dying and Death from a 5-Year Old

by Byron on December 4, 2017

Decker-
You’re barely more than a month past your fifth birthday.  This past week you declared that:

“Mommy, you’re not real.”

“Why?” Mom or I asked.

“Because you’re going to die.  So if you’re going to die, you’re not real.”

I asked you if the fact that you’re going to die makes you more real or less real.  I said more real, but it’s a decision we all have to make for ourselves.

Then, yesterday we talked about death again.  I said that it’s possible that you never die.  I said 1.) with the crazy advancements happening in science daily, you might actually never die; 2.) your consciousness might be able to be uploaded into the universe; 3.) maybe, even though we don’t have this body anymore, maybe you don’t actually die, maybe your consciousness morphs and or goes somewhere else that other humans can’t access.  So ultimately, maybe you never die.

You said to me- I knew that without you telling me.  I didn’t have to ask that, I just knew that. I just knew that you didn’t die.

I think kids are way better/smarter/more in touch with the universe.  It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if you already knew that to be true and, in fact, it is true.  I trust your cosmic intuition more than I do my own.

Love you and your brother more than you know!

Byron

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