Humans Never Evolve Without Death

The other day, I met a doctor I knew, and had dinner with him. He used to be a hospital doctor working for two large hospitals. He’s now a medical practitioner. According to him, he worked for the hospitals more than ten hours a day for more than 300 days a year. At the hospitals, he faced a lot of patients’ deaths. For example, he had to inform his patients of their life expectancies, be on his patients’ deathbeds, have families see their parents’ dead bodies who were killed in car accidents, see unidentified dead bodies without relatives passing away and so on.

  • the other day 先日
  • medical practitioner 開業医
  • face 直面する
  • inform 知らせる
  • relative 親戚
  • pass away 亡くなる

What he realized after facing these deaths was that people never evolve without death. If humans were immortal, their spirituality, intelligence or cultures wouldn’t reach the present level. It is because they are mortal that they make efforts and suffer, trying to demonstrate their own personalities, which may be due to an instinct of a living thing, he said.

  • evolve 進化する
  • immortal 不死の
  • intelligence 知性
  • demonstratate 発揮する
  • be due to A Aが原因である
  • instinct 本能

Well, do creatures exist that never die? Yes, there is – myxomycetes, which have been on this planet since long before the emergence of humans. Myxomycetes are both animals and plants and turn themselves into either of them depending on the environment. Scientists cannot trace their evolution, which means that they don’t evolve. They have just existed as they are from time immemorial. Kumagusu Minakata(南方熊楠), a Japanese great scholar and an incarnation of a spirit of woods, saw God in the world of myxomycetes.

  • myxomycete 粘菌
  • emergence 出現
  • trace 辿る
  • evolution 進化
  • time immemorial 太古の昔
  • incarnation 化身

As long as you live, you cannot avoid unpleasant things and are troubled by many things. But these things are limited and come to an end. They will become good memories once you’ve got over them. Everything that happens to you in this world is a rare and precious chance to develop your mind. This World of Reality is where great gifts for you are all around. Yes, human minds are like myxomycetes. They never die.

  • unpleasant 不快な
  • trouble 悩ます
  • get over A Aを乗り越える
  • develop 育てる
  • gift 贈り物

Your mind never dies like a myxomycete however much your body changes. That minds never die means that the deep part of your mind never develop nor change. It doesn’t need to from the beginning. Spiritual awakening doesn’t mean changing yourself drastically to something other than you. It means that you realize that your mind has already been perfect.

  • however~ どれくらい〜でも
  • mean 意味する
  • awakening 目覚め
  • drastically 劇的に
  • other than A A以外の
  • realize 気がつく
  • perfect 完璧な

Be grateful for your present situations and enjoy them, and you will come to realize the meanings of everything. You will be quick of apprehension and a person to make peace with everything. After this, all you have to do is protect or cultivate your mind. There is nothing to be scared of in this world. You just enjoy both good times and bad times.

  • grateful  感謝して
  • present situations 現状
  • come to~  〜するようになる
  • apprehension 理解
  • make peace 和解する
  • scared 怖がる

生かして頂いて ありがとう御座位ます

I Ka Shi Te I Ta Da I Te  A Ri Ga To U Go Za I Ma Su

I AM GRATEFUL FOR BEING KEPT ALIVE

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