The world's destiny lies in our hands. We can build a house big enough to accommodate ourselves, provide protection and create a favourable living environment. As the wisest of all creatures, we can't help thinking about the origin of life and the subtle profundity of the universe once basic needs are met.

To further understand our own lives, we have been probing into questions like "Where did man come from?" and "Where happens after death?" These questions generate a variety of answers: some religions advocate eternal life while others transmigration. Some atheists pursue a life of transient happiness by "enjoying while one can". So far, there is no consensus view. Here, I explore this issue from perspectives other than religion.   

Biologically speaking, upon fertilisation of a human ovum by a sperm and a sequence of cell division and development, a complete "human being" is formed. Nevertheless, this simply states the physiological processes of fetal development without explaining our inborn abilities such as breathing, eating and using the subconscious mind. In fact, the first encounter with the outside world poses challenges for a newborn baby: tingling skin, various kinds of bacterial infections, and the need to familiarise with food intake and excretion. Later on, it is time to learn to speak, develop values and pursue goals. Then during adolescence, one begins to think about the future and evaluate past performance. However, all of these may only be a pipe dream because no matter how many clever tricks we have, in the end no one can conquer death. 

Where will one go after life? There are many different answers. According to both Protestant and Catholic doctrine, God will judge everyone, but in His mercy, man will eventually be given eternal life. To Buddhists, man who has accomplished good deeds throughout his life can do away with transmigration and enter paradise. To Muslims, man must live up to Allah's will so as to stay with Him eternally. As for atheists, they wish themselves a long life, and so they think of various ways to attain longevity:

  1. Qigong: through drawing qi from nature and absorbing energy from the universe into the body, one's cells will be full of strength and the purpose of self-healing will thus be achieved.   
  2. Meditation: in a quiet environment, man can perceive changes in the surroundings through various senses. When deep into meditation, one can even tap into the subconscious and get away temporarily from the mundane, which is relaxing both physically and mentally. 
  3. Water therapy: 70% of the human body is made of water. It is said that drinking a glass of warm water every morning upon waking up is good for detoxification.
  4. Colon hydrotherapy: in normal conditions, food stays in the intestines for three days before passing out of the body. During the process, bacteria inside the colon will oxidise food waste and release free radicals that are toxic, transforming genes in the normal cells which could lead to cancer. Through colon hydrotherapy, both stubborn stool and bad bacteria can be removed, lowering cancer risk.
  5. Aerobic exercises: every day the body produces various wastes such as carbon dioxide, metabolites and urea. By doing aerobic exercises, we can remove wastes and toxins from our body and reduce the risk of developing hidden chronic diseases.

 

In conclusion, even though aging, illness and death are realities of life that no one can be exempted from, life is worth living as long as we lead a meaningful one and enjoy it as much as we can by contributing to society as well as glorifying God and serving others while we are able to do so.