We studied the above in school. If there is any truth in it, it means that death is part of life, and sometimes violent death is caused by our actions.
Everything has a price: If you wish to live a better life, you need to advance in your career, and for this you must spend more efforts, money and time at work.
For every action there is an equal reaction opposite to it. If you wish to live a better life, you must accommodate yourself to the demands of your boss or your clients regardless of how moral they are. Because, if you do not do the above you will be fired.
The Darwinian Principle is the principle that governs all life. To survive in a zoo, you must be more powerful than your competitors.You will eventually die but at least you would have secured your legacy through your powerful offspring and supporters.
If the above is too simplistic, consider more findings from experience:
While the lifespan of a typical person increased because of medical technology, pervasive death increased too. We long for eternal joy of life, but we are unable on our own to reach it. Or perhaps our knowledge of the globe, the cosmos and human frailty has focused so much on the negative, the materialist comfort, and human achievements in the material world that we forgot life with God; God as distinct from us, beyond us and yet one of us.
It seems that the more I am busy in entertaining myself and my own, the more I have no time for God. My friends and their young ones are also too busy getting things done for their living, their bosses at work, their homes, and their own friends. We see each other less frequently and go to church only as a duty. Our grown-up young adults are too busy making ends meet for their own, so how can one expect them to have time for God? The media too bombards us everyday with news of violence, rape, and killing, and entertains us with shows and movies about physical beauty, sex, games with no mention of God.
This state of society is not limited to the West. It is also in the East where perverse murdering of innocents is carried out in order to preserve the self, killing freedom in the name of religion, selling more weapons, abuse of women in rape and sex, and getting people's lives crushed by erecting dictatorial economic and political (often tribal) systems.
Introducing the picture of a Godless society:
Through fast Internet communications we know instantly events that are shaping the future of other countries and continents which adds to anxiety. Antonio Damasio, the well-known professor of neuroscience at the University of Southern California, warned that the human brain can hardly cope with the fast advances in computer science. How would the young generation cope with such complex systems?
There are many questions on the minds of Christians regarding the advances in science and the "death of God". I have attempted to respond to them in a number of lectures and articles. Please see "Has Science Discovered God?" by clicking here. One of the well-known philosophers mentioned there is Professor Antony Flew, an outspoken atheist, who was so astonished by the recent scientific discoveries that he became theist (or believer in a metaphysical God). In 2010, Professor Dr. Michael Sole, the well-known Canadian cardiologist and professor of anatomy at the University of Toronto, repeated in a meeting with me, Einstein's declaration that he believes in a metaphysical power beyond the universe that we call God. Dr. Brian Baker at the University of Toronto declared the same. In recent history many other educated atheists such as Dr. Alexis Carlyl converted to Christianity. In the 1960s, the anthropologist professor René Girard became Catholic. The British physics professor Stephen Hawking and Harvard professor of psychology Steven Pinker (both Atheists) stated in different instances their conclusions that there must be a super intelligence beyond the cosmos. See also "The Quantum Synthesis" here and "Why the Beloved is Beautiful" here. On YouTube, see this clip about Chaos Theory and Fractals here. in 2009 Professors Nancey Murphy and Warren Brown of the philosophy of mind co-authored a book "Did my neurons do it?" in which they debunk the deterministic views of atheism especially those of Daniel Dennett. The "New Atheist" Professor Richard Dawkins admitted in 2006 that religion will remain in the human mind for centuries to come. In a 2013 debate with Cardinal George Pell, Dawkins opposed the Darwinian Principle of survival for the fittest and admitted the need for a global moral standard based on the Gospel (See it here). The distinctive influence of Christianity on the development of civilization has been indicated here based on scholarly research of history.
A simple picture for conclusion:
Can I save myself? No. Can we save ourselves? Yes. Here are a few important steps by a top psychologist. He spoke about the challenges we have. I am attempting to follow these steps:
1. Build good relationships with your family and your children. Communicate and share precious time together. Love is not simple but it starts with good intentions.
2. Enjoy your relationships with the family, the extended family, and the community. Check: Are you willing to serve them without condition?
3. Avoid gossiping and building networks of hatred. They do not go with love.
4. Be a model in action in service to your family, your children, and the community. Collaborate in good intentions and based on the primacy of conscience with your co-workers, your boss, your assistants/servants, your colleagues and classmates. Before you ask others or children to follow what you say, you need to follow the advice of good people.
5. Be humble. Be vulnerable like kids. Accept your faults and ask for forgiveness. Forgive others as you wish to be forgiven.
6. Spend time in meditation and contemplation of the good (half an hour every day is suggested). Taste the goodness you are offered in having grown in your life.
7. Upon doing the above pray to find God in the world here and today. Think of him who described himself as a loving Father. Think that he does not forsake anyone. Taste the Lord in his creation. Taste the Lord in confession and the Eucharist (the sacrament of thanksgiving). Pray with the Church to grow in wisdom and love.
8. You have found God. The Father sent Christ, his eternal image who is one with him, by the power of the Holy Spirit to save the world. He saves. Pray that all be saved and enjoy eternal life of increasing love.
Everyone in the whole world is related to others. It is in relationship of enduring love with each other that we are saved. Death is only a step to the better life. If I die to my own selfishness and desires, I then can experience selfless love in a way that resembles the eternal love of the Triune God. Then we will resurrect into glory as Christ did and continues.