The Beginning or the End?

This post was originally meant to be titled “The End of a Saga”. But after some couple thousands of milliseconds in thought, the title changed to what it is.

Basically, what seemed like an unending series of calls and travels, filled with drama and escalated with melodrama, aggravated with melancholy and soothed with purpose…this long story comes to an end with a bus ride back home. Amazing isn’t it? The conclusion of a saga leaves you elated—especially if you get what you’ve been running about looking for.

But as I look back and reminisce on the events that occurred all through this, there is a seamless pattern between an end and a beginning. Every segment of life that comes to an end always transits into the beginning of another. For example, “Graduation”. Really? I graduated from primary school long long long time ago. As elated and naive as I was, I celebrated to the illness. If you didn’t get that, it’s the equivalent of partying on alcohol until you throw up the actual food in your system—but for a 10 year old. I was happy. Saw my graduation as an end. The smart people though saw it as the beginning of another tougher phase in life—secondary school. And the series goes on—if you go to shook you know what I’m talking about. If you don’t…

Well, the end of this segment also left me elated but quickly back to the concept of the end and the beginning. Should one really be happy for the end of something or get ready for the beginning of another of which the previous event was a “preparation”?

If you don’t go to school, think of it this way, the end of a trip would be the beginning of your entrance into the new vicinity. Those who take trips will understand. If you don’t travel…

Anyways, I guess this question is a similar to the popular perception question: is the glass half empty or half full? Who knows? Some may say the glass is “just right”. And to those dumb people I say, “is not the glass friend, it’s the level of the content in it”. Others – the smarter of the two – try to play on intelligence and reply with, “well it depends on the action that got you to that point; were you filling the glass up or were you draining it?”

If you don’t take trips and you’re still confused about what you’re reading, think about it this way: all that begins seeks an end and all that end yields a beginning. For example, if you’re reading this, you must be diurnal – google it. The end of your sleep is the beginning of your day and vice versa. If you’ve never slept… — I honestly paused for some 10 minutes thinking about what goes here — please close this blog and go see a doctor. It’s for your own good.

Applying the knowledge in the answer of the smarter half to the popular perception question, we could ask “what was one doing before one came to the point of the beginning?” or “what was one doing before one came to the point of the end?” and from there, name the event accordingly (that’s a convoluted statement; if you don’t understand please read the second previous paragraph).

In conclusion, the question here is: what is the difference between the beginning and the end? Before rushing into answering the question with something like “life”—for example think about the converse of your opinion. From the beginning, events occur through to the end. But between the end and the beginning there is nothingness. Is the beginning and the end just two sides of one seam? Lemme leave you off with an extremity: is there an end to the world or is it just the beginning of another you may not have the opportunity to know about?

Just a rant my mind decided to embark on.

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3 thoughts on “The Beginning or the End?

  1. It may depend also on how you view death.

    In ancient Rome, the rich families would have funerals that would last several days and while lots of crying and mourning was happening (they actually even hired people to come cry at funerals) there was also several big feasts. It was partly a send off party for the spirit of the person who left this world.

    They shared some similarities with the ancient Egyptians. The ancient Egyptians believed as long as your name (ren) was remembered, you would live forever in the afterlife. It is also why families would leave food every so often in the tomb of the deceased so they could eat in the afterlife.

    In these cultures your spirit goes through a transition, and it may be the end of your life in this world, but it wasn’t the end for your spirit. The part of your spirit’s life is like one big “transition” because in order to live, your body is constantly renewing itself. Take skin cells for example. Your skin cells have a fairly short life span. The skin cells you have now are not the skin cells you had four years ago. But you are still you. You are still you.

    Beginnings and ends only exist in the space/time plane. Without space or time, how can you quantify the beginning or end of something. If you believe in something outside of the space/time plane, then you may end up with the concept of the circle. Things seem to change, but at the end it’s all connected and it doesn’t abruptly end in certain places.

    More than one ancient civilization had a calendar in the shape of a circle. In the case of the Mayan calendar, different segments of the calendar represented different eras. They would throw huge celebrations to mark the end of one era and the beginning of a new one, however the fact that these eras all fell within their circular calendar notes entails it wasn’t really possible to celebrate an end without celebrating a beginning because there was no ultimate end. Yes, the Mayan calendar does not list a era after 2012, but seriously how far out do you expect people to make calendars.

    So the world could “end” but if it’s true energy can neither be created nor destroyed, only converted, the Earth’s atoms will just become a part of something else, as well will our ashes with it.

    As living beings obviously we are concerned with the idea that as a species we may cease to exist, but if there is a higher power outside of space and time, then our souls will continue on as our physical forms are transformed into new celestial bodies elsewhere in the universe. [will not go into the debate about whether or not the universe will continue expanding, stay the same size, or collapse on itself].

    In short, and non theoretical words, they are the same thing. Even when leaving something negative, thanks should be given for the things in that cycle that will help make you stronger and wiser in the future. Same can be said when leaving something positive, hopefully for something equally or more positive.

    Even when stars die they don’t dissolve and disappear. They continue to emit energy and light even if it is not visible by the naked eye (minus the scenario of black holes which I won’t get into now).

  2. Very Interesting topic you’ve raised. I think rather than being linear time is circular and we exist in many parallel universes at the same ‘time’. What we learn in this world assists us in our journey in other worlds or in our next lifetime. So really there is no ending just constant evolution and growth and there is no real beginning as we are not starting from scratch rather building on what we already know.

    • I like your concept of parallel universes. I find it interesting. First off, in my mind, you introduce the thought that though time is circular, it is linear still. The image to have in your mind is a bunch of circles overlaid on each other—compressing these circles should form a cylinder. These circles depict time and “life” can be modeled as a dot that travels the circumference. But since we exist in parallel forms, there is an instance of this existence (the dot) on all circles. Therefore time may be circular but existence is linear and fixed. Interesting. And secondly, your idea od a constant evolution also follows through.

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