The relentless pursuit of longevity in contemporary society
Kungto Society - KR

The relentless pursuit of longevity in contemporary society

In this extract Venerable delves into the existential realities of , illness, and mortality, profound insights into facing life’s challenges with equanimity.

The passage addresses the pervasive of cancer and the relentless pursuit of in contemporary society.

Pomnyun highlights the escalating anxiety surrounding issues, particularly cancer, attributing its prevalence to various factors including choices and environmental pollutants.

However, he advocates for a shift in perspective, urging individuals to embrace their mortality and relinquish the obsession with prolonging life indefinitely.

Drawing from a poignant anecdote about a woman grappling with her husband’s terminal illness, Pomnyun emphasizes the futility of fixating on outcomes beyond one’s control.

Instead, he encourages a mindset of gratitude for each additional day of life, regardless of its duration, it as a precious bonus rather than a measure of or failure.

Central to Pomnyun’s message is the notion that true contentment stems from acceptance and appreciation of the present moment, regardless of life’s uncertainties.

By relinquishing the desire for longevity and embracing the inevitability of mortality, individuals can cultivate inner peace and resilience, transcending the fear of death to lead fulfilling lives.

It serves as a reminder to cherish the of existence, finding solace in gratitude and acceptance amidst life’s trials and uncertainties.

It underscores the transformative power of perspective in navigating the complexities of mortality with grace and resilience.


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