Such is the state of our existence. Just a cascade of moments. Fleeting. If we would pause- just for one minute, and think. Really think. About the chain reaction of consequences with every decision that we make.
If we watch the sun go down, and gaze at stars every night, maybe we would live a little differently. Maybe some of our denial would melt away with the sunset. And maybe the stillness of the night would remind us of the unthinkable certainties that surround us, there and not there at the same time- like shadows, silently following and yet ignored.
“Not impossible, Robert, just unthinkable. The human mind has a primitive ego defense mechanism that negates all realities that produce too much stress for the brain to handle. It’s called denial.”
“I’ve heard of denial,” Langdon quipped blithely, “but I don’t think it exists.”
Sienna rolled her eyes. “Cute, but believe me, it’s very real. Denial is a critical part of the human coping mechanism. Without it, we would all wake up terrified every morning about all the ways we could die. Instead, our minds block out our existential fears by focusing on stresses we can handle—like getting to work on time or paying our taxes. If we have wider, existential fears, we jettison them very quickly, refocusing on simple tasks and daily trivialities.”
Langdon recalled a recent Web-tracking study of students at some Ivy League universities which revealed that even highly intellectual users displayed an instinctual tendency toward denial. According to the study, the vast majority of university students, after clicking on a depressing news article about arctic ice melt or species extinction, would quickly exit that page in favor of something trivial that purged their minds of fear; favorite choices included sports highlights, funny cat videos and celebrity gossip.”
[Excerpt From: Dan, Brown, “Inferno”]
Makes perfect sense. This explains our passive heedless behaviour towards the terrors of the Hereafter and our destined end.
“Closer and closer to mankind comes their Reckoning: yet they heed not and they turn away.” (21:01)