Living life with no regrets
Some religions claim the world will end on May 21, 2011. Would you have any regrets if it happened?
If you are a student and you study every day for a highly paid career after you graduate, you may think you have wasted your life since you can't harvest your fruit. If you are in your 20s or 30s and you work hard every day to buy a flat or a car, you may think you have wasted your life since you can't enjoy them. So how should we make sure we don't have any regrets if our lives suddenly end?
Monks have a concept that everything is nothing. Money is not meaningful. The most important thing is your spirit. If you keep your spirit clean, you won't feel greed and you can meet the world's end anytime. I firmly believe this.
To fill your life with colour, you should always help other people. It is more blessed to give than to receive. Also, enjoy your study and work. So that when the world's end really comes, you won't be sad because you would have done lots of good deeds and enjoyed life.
Pang Sze-wing, STFA Tam Pak Yu College
From the Editor
Thank you for your letter, Sze-wing. People have different beliefs about what happens when they die. No one really knows for sure. But people's belief systems will surely influence the way they live and their thoughts on what they would do if they found out they were due to die soon.
If they believe, for instance, that once they are dead then they will cease to exist, then they will not worry about what they have or have not achieved in this life because they believe they will not be around to worry about it once they are dead.
Others who believe in life after death will be more inclined to think that what they do when they are alive will influence how they feel once they are dead.
Whichever your belief system is, the only thing we can be sure of is that we are going to die. Perhaps that's how we should live our lives.