Life Is Fleeting, So Every Day Should Be So Difficult For The Present Moment?

754 Words Apr 5th, 2016 4 Pages
Another lesson Kenko teaches in his Essays in Idleness is that life is fleeting, so every day should be celebrated. Kenko writes that people should always keep in mind the constant possibility of death, and not worry too much about worldly desires. He explains that many people do not expect death until they are about to die. At this point, all they can do is think about their lives and regret their past actions (Kenko 52). A few pages later, Kenko adds onto this, stating that life is fleeting, and that people should live in the present and not procrastinate. He asks, “Why should it be so difficult to do something now, in the present moment?” (Kenko 78). Kenko illustrates this idea with a scenario in which a man trying to study at night postpones his studying, telling himself that he has the next day to work. The next day, however, the man once again postpones his studying, telling himself he will study at night, and the cycle repeats, so nothing is ever accomplished. Kenko follows up with a story in which a man buys an ox, only for the ox to die that night. A bystander who hears about this remarks that the owner has profited from this event, since the death of the ox has taught him the value of life (Kenko 79). The death of the ox was as unpredictable as the owner surviving. People should celebrate each day simply because they are alive. Kenko states that people do not enjoy life because they do not fear death, and do not realize how imminent death is. Therefore, realizing…

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