We obsess about the void. L’appel Duvide - the call of the void, is the phrase describing the instinctive urge to jump from high places.
Yes, humans are naturally attracted or intrigued by death – not necessarily dying but death. We mourn and bury our dead, we throw festivals in their honour and even dedicate days to fallen heroes.
But as Dr Gregory House once said, ‘you can’t die with honour, you live with it.’ The dead can’t hear us so why do we glorify them? Side note: The void is a connotation of death, but defined it refers to an open space or something not being valid.
We aren’t obsessed with death per-say, but maybe the idea of the unknown. We praise self-less acts like sacrificing one to save many. Dying for a cause, we’ve arrogantly dubbed that martyrdom… And through material death, according to Buddhism, we begin our path to enlightenment.
This is the void mentality. It’s not a negative thing, its just that weird-kid-in-the-back-of-class-that-no-one-ever-spoke-to-after-matric kinda thing. Its in our social structures, our religions & traditions and our very DNA. Michio Kaku explains: