So this easily ranks as one of the best viral videos of the year.
In it the little girl is told that her baby brother would grow up, and it absolutely wrecks her. She sobs about how cute he is and how she loves his little smiles, pausing a few times to just take his adorableness in and give him sweet kisses.
At one point in the video, she also moans, “I don’t want to die when I’m a hundred.”
The video is sweet, and millions of people will comment on the cute little girl and her darling baby brother.
But the hidden tragedy of the video is the depth and truth of what the girl is realizing, something we all realize–we are mortal. Life ends for all of us, and it should cause some soul-searching, even emotional distress, as we sort out what exactly that means. However, most of us are content to ignore what getting older is indicative of. We drown out that truth through rousing choruses of “Happy Birthday” and focus on cake and jokes to avoid a basic reality. Or, we fight against said reality through beating our bodies into submission, pounding vitamins, and convincing ourselves that we can take control of our lifespan.
But no matter what we do, it is simple: we die.
And don’t take me wrong–we should celebrate birthdays and exercise and enjoy the time we’ve been given; we need not be macabre gluttons of doom and gloom. But we also need to consider what death means, and out of that consideration, determine how to live our lives and what to live our lives for.
Faith offers some answers for the deep, dark questions surrounding death. The Bible, for instance, spends its first chapters explaining how life and death came to be–then spends the rest of its pages chronicling the antidote to this certain death. It meets death with “life abundant.” It answers a definite death with an offer of everlasting life. It plunges into the darkness and shines the brightest of lights, and offers that light to any who believe it.
Perhaps the little girl in this video will one day be compelled by and follow that light. Perhaps the eternal promiser of life will wipe away her tears once and for all. And perhaps all of us could approach our own mortality with a steadfast sense of what it means, and from that cling to what hope is offered us, breaking the somber chains of mortality.