“It takes billions of years to create a human being. And it takes only a few seconds to die.”
What to think of this book? While my mind is spewing so many thoughts I am left speechless yet amazed at the same time. I could not confidently say I understood even a little bit of what Mr. Gaarder wanted to convey. In fact, I am befuddled more than ever to the point of questioning my own existence and consciousness. Cogito, ergo sum. I think therefore I am. Rene Descartes couldn’t have said it more convincingly. But what is thinking but a mere trick of the mind? Or isn’t it? And what is dreaming then? What is consciousness or unconsciousness? Am I in a state of consciousness because I am thinking and writing this at the same time? Or am I in an unconscious state because while writing this, my mind is also engaged in listening to wonderful music? But one thing is sure, I am writing these things and questioning it at the same time so there is no doubt I’m a thinking being! I lived and I breathe with life! I am consciousness itself! I am a part of the universe and the universe is part of me! I am in the universe and the universe is in me! How marvellous!
Below are some pieces I’ve written almost at the end of the book. I will not include, except for the page number, the sentences or phrases that triggered me to write these passages so as to add a little bit of mystery.
“Why was I not excited about this? Surely, when one is consciously alive at the turn of the millennium, it is reason enough to be excited and celebrate life? What was I doing? – p.289
I cannot say I never thought of living forever. Yes, I might have thought about it for a fleeting second but I’m resigned to the fact that I’m going to die sooner or later – later preferably. My only wish is live to a hundred. Or is that too much?” – p. 291