Zen Pencils by Gavin Aung Than for November 15, 2021
A white soldier and a middle-eastern soldier face off with their guns. As the quote is illustrated, they are each depicted in their hypothetical deaths and subsequent heavens. At the end of the quote, they lower their guns and enjoy a game of ping-pong ball. The quote is as follows. “I would love to believe that when I die I will live again, that some thinking, feeling, remembering part of me will continue. But as much as I want to believe that, and despite the ancient and worldwide cultural traditions that assert an afterlife, I know of nothing to suggest that it is more than wishful thinking. The world is so exquisite, with so much love and moral depth, that there is no reason to deceive ourselves with pretty stories for which there's little good evidence. Far better, it seems to me, in our vulnerability, is to look Death in the eye and to be grateful every day for the brief but magnificent opportunity that life provides.” -Carl Sagan.