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Lesson 084: Invite not Death
TV Series: Star Trek - The Next Generation
Season/Episode: 4/22 ('Half a Life')

[Scene]

Counselor Deanna Troi's mother, Lwaxana Troi, a lady in her late years, is a wonderful character full of joie de vivre, always living life to the fullest, at times loud, boisterous, gregarious and quite the extrovert.

When she learns of an alien culture that condones and practices parricide of the elderly, she is quite visibly upset.

As she grows close to one of the aliens who is about to reach the age of 60, and must therefore commit suicide, she breaks down, feeling very vulnerable about her own mortality.

Her daughter, Deanna, encourages her by reminding her that, Lwaxana Troi is someone who will never die, before it is her time to die.

[Lesson]

Don't die before your time. We should all live by these words.

While hardships and disappointments are inevitable in everyone's life, we must learn to endure these challenges and go on with our lives.

We are all given a one-way ticket through this path of life, eventually ending in death. All of our achievements and fulfillments always occur only during our journey through life. (True, some may gain fame post-death; however, their recognition is always based on their accomplishments during their lives.)

If we have but one life-journey to make, then why shorten it by accelerating to the end.

While the failures and losses in our lives may work towards diminishing the quality of our lives at times, we should never voluntarily allow them to reduce the quantity of our lives.

Every step we take, every decision we make and everything we do always has alternatives and may even offer opportunities to improve in the future.

Death, on the other hand, is unequivocal, immutable, and permanent, and, unfortunately, inevitable.

So, let's follow Deanna Troi's implied advice and not give up on our life-journeys too quickly by foolishly inviting death for a visit any time before its designated appointed time for each of us.

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