It has been for some time that a subject has been
brought to our attention over and over again.
Indeed it has even affected us (my family). It
is a topic that is not going to go away and will
continue to be a question for everyone to
contemplate on. Everyone has to face it
someday. It is the question of aging and
dying! It seems many people, including the
members in the Mission, have been
plagued with it, and many of them (our members) are
having a hard time dealing with it and handling it.
In our case it is the mother of my wife (my
mother-in-law) who is 86 years old and has
Alzheimer’s. Eventually we found that: The
best situation for her was to bring her close to
ourselves, let her have her own room and facilities
as much as we could afford, and have a digital
camera in her room so that we could monitor her.
She is safe, comfortable and warm, fed, and has no
worries. With the help of the few people that
we have here, she still receives enough attention
and care for a comfortable life. Anyone who
has seen her situation has commented that she is
better off than many other older people,
especially those who have Alzheimer's.
We have quite a few members in the
Mission who also want to do the right thing
and take care of their elders. However, they
are having a hard time. Most of them do not
believe in putting their elders in nursing homes,
and we share and support them in this belief.
The idea of putting a person with strangers to die
is very cruel and inhumane (unless it is absolutely
necessary). Now what is the best answer in
Of course the obvious answer, as we all know, is
the Communities Of Light (COLs),
and people who are dedicated to living God’s Ways.
However, we are way off from that situation at this
point and we need some relief NOW! The answer
is a well-known fact in business called: The Law of
Diminishing Returns. This law says that: If a
business starts losing money (returns) or the
returns start to diminish, that product and/or
service has to be reconsidered as no longer worth
putting too much effort into.
This is also true about human life. We are
born as a child. We are taken care of until we
become a productive member of the society. We
serve the society and the community until we become
old. Then we reach a point where we no longer
are productive and become a person who not only is
not going to become a productive member again (in
this lifetime) but will continue to have diminishing
It is in this stage that the wise elderly person
will realize this and work towards helping the next
generation to prosper and have a better future.
S/He will gradually transfer his/her wealth to the
next generation, and the next generation will pledge
to take care of him/her. This transfer can be
in writing for the future, or can happen
immediately. It can be for those the person
trusts and those who will take care of him.
However, it is up to the person how he does this, or
if he ever follows this advice.
The idea is to help the future generation to have
something to build on and also for the elderly to be
taken care of by those whom they trust and love.
This does not mean that if an elderly person does
not have money, he or she should be ignored.
However, those who have worked hard and created
wealth (can be intangible, such as a life of
selfless service) that can help the next generation
should have more. In any case, they should be
taken care of.
However, elderly people (or anyone) who spend
their resources just on themselves (selfishly) will
destroy the community and the society in the long
run. A selfish life is not sustainable for
long! So the ideal is for people to save and
also leave something for the future generation so
they will have a better life.
When the diminishing returns reach a critical point, it is time for the elderly (and/or those
who Love them) to recognize it and prepare for the
final stages of life. At this point the best
way is to bring the elderly person to a loving
environment where s/he can be as comfortable and
cared for as much as possible. It does not
necessarily have to be luxurious, but clean, warm,
comfortable, and caring. Each individual
situation will be different, but the basic idea is
the same: To create an environment, according to
each elderly person’s situation, that gives them a
safe and loving place to spend their last days in
peace and comfort.
It is better to die a natural death than to
prolong the declining life (last stages of life) by
using excessive medical attention, medicine,
surgery, and all kinds of artificial and unnatural
ways to continue a life that has reached that point.
Indeed, most of the time you prolong the suffering
of the old person by keeping them alive
artificially, instead of helping that person to have
a dignified and high quality life.
Some elderly people might desire to prolong their
life even though the quality of their life is poor.
Such people do not believe that they will return
into a new life (reincarnate) and are hanging on to
the illusion of this life. They are fearful
and have not experienced God. If people start
meditating as children and have an experience with
God, they will not be afraid of death.
Those who have experienced God (Godly people)
will not ask to be resuscitated at the end of their
life. They will not demand to prolong their
life, which will put a great Burden on the community
and society. They will be like old Native
Americans who, when their time of death was
approaching, would say: It is a good day to die.
They then quietly rested and left their bodies.
Another example is the yogis who left their bodies
and reached mukti (salvation) in their meditation,
etc. Indeed, that is how many will die in the
future, in the COLs.
The prolonging of life and use of organ
transplants, etc. should be reserved only for those
who will bring greater returns if they are kept
alive longer. The organ transplanting and
prolonging of life by medicine and other means
should also be improved so that patients will not
suffer after the surgery (such as rejecting the
implanted organ), etc.
Prolonging a life in a way that means prolonging
the suffering of a person is based on emotions, not
Note: This article was sent to a
few people (around 12) in the Mission
before it was published here in this Newsbrief.
There were a few reactions that surprised us which I
will try to answer below:
1. "So the Mission encourages
(or believes in) euthanasia (assisted suicide)?"
No, we do not. Euthanasia is suicide, and we
teach that you should not suicide.
2. "So it is ok to put our elderly into hospice?"
The best, at this time (when there are no COLs), is to comfort them at the end of
their lives, fill their surroundings with those they
love, read them THOTH
and other Scriptures, and help them in their last
moments on earth to go toward God. There are rumors that
hospices are being used by those who believe in
assisted suicide (read
the Snippet on
this), and many old people who have been admitted to
these facilities have died much sooner than
expected! With this evidence, if people in a
hospice are assisting their patients to die, and you
admit someone to that facility, that can be
considered as assisting those who believe
differently than God's Way!
3. "So when people are old, we should accelerate
their death?" The "diminishing returns" here
is referring to when a person realizes that their
time is up (the very end of their life). It
does not mean to push older people toward death
prematurely. It is best for the elderly to
realize this and start the process themselves.
Also, the end of life is when it is clear to
everyone that the old person is on their deathbed.
It is then that they are assisted to be Loved by the
people who Love them and can direct them toward God
and Godly thoughts, etc.