Death may catch up with you at any time. Who knows, perhaps this is the
moment. Or, it may be much closer than you have ever expected.
These lines may be the last opportunity, the last reminder, the last
warning before death comes upon you. As you proceed with these lines,
you can never know that you will still be alive in the next hour. Even
if it proves to be so, nothing can guarantee you another hour. Let alone
an hour, not even after a single moment, is it certain that you will be
still living. There is no guarantee that you will ever finish reading
this book. Death will, most likely, come upon you at a time when, only
a moment before, you never thought about dying.
You will most certainly die, as will all your loved ones. Before you
or after you, they will certainly die. A hundred years from now, there
will not be a single soul you are familiar with in this world.
Endless aims pertaining to life occupy man's minds; to finish high school,
to enter university, to graduate, to have a respectable occupation, to
marry, to bring up children, to lead a peaceful life…these are among the
broadest and most ordinary plans of man. These aside, there are thousands
of others devised to address one's personal circumstances.
Death is one of the few things in life certain to occur. This is a one
hundred per cent certainty.
After years of hard work, a student succeeds in entering the university,
yet dies on the way to class. Someone who has recently been hired for
a job loses his life on his first morning commute to his work. A traffic
accident ends the lives of a newly married couple on their wedding day.
A successful businessman prefers to fly to save time, not knowing that
that very flight will put a horrible end to his life.
At such a stage, plans no longer avail. Leaving behind plans doomed to
remain unfinished for all eternity, they head for a point of no return-and
yet it is a destination they never planned for. Ironically, for years,
they spent too much time detailing plans which would never be put into
operation, yet never gave a thought to the one certain thing that would
How then should a man of wisdom and conscience establish his priorities?
Does he have to make his plans for the one thing certain to happen or
for something unlikely to happen? The majority, it is evident, give priority
to goals which they can never be certain of accomplishing. No matter which
phase of life they are passing through, they resolutely plan for a better
and more fulfilling future.
This tendency would be quite rational, if man was immortalYet the fact
remains that all plans are doomed to that absolute end, called death.
Thus it is irrational to disregard death, which is certain to occur, and
devote all one's attention to all those things which may or may not materialize.
Yet, owing to an incomprehensible spell enslaving their minds, human
beings fail to notice this obvious fact.
This being the case, they can never become acquainted with their real
life which is due to start with death. They simply do not prepare themselves
for it. Once they are resurrected, they head nowhere but hell, a place
specially designed for them.
The intention in writing this book is to make man ponder over an issue
which he avoids thinking about and warn him against an imminent and ineluctable
Avoiding thinking about it cannot, by any means, provide a solution.