Why do people keep saying “life is short”?

I mean, c’mon. The average human life span is 70-80 years. That’s not short at all. Heck, I’m 23 and my earliest childhood memory is from age 4 so that’s roughly 20 years. That’s as far back as I can remember, and it seems like a really, really long time. If 20 years seems that long then how about 70? or 80?! imagine it to be really boring to live that long anyway!

Asked by Rivalry0x 22-25, F 15 Answers 2 3 hours ago in Doing Good

Reply by Me

You are right: life is neither long nor short.
One pure breath of man is most cherished in the sight of God, while an elderly life in ignorance, hatred, purposelessness … is really insignificant.
A human life is not physical survival for long time, but an eternal advancement to the Presence of God. It is equally neither long nor short to any people. Its real esteem is obedience to God, and true loss is man’s deprivation of this knowledge.
Hence, education, essentially divine education, under the guidance of God’s Messengers, is compulsory to all individuals. All parents are responsible for this obligation. Civilized societies are making greater efforts in this sacred mission. No nation will be able to prosper without proper education.
Human life is neither long nor short, because it is spiritual.


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Abdul-Baha says:

That world beyond is a world of sanctity and radiance; therefore it is necessary that in this world he (man) should acquire these divine attributes. In that world there is need of spirituality, faith, assurance, the knowledge and love of God. These he must attain in this world so that after his ascension from the earthly to the heavenly Kingdom he shall find all that is needful in that life eternal ready for him.

(Abdu’l-Baha, Foundations of World Unity, p. 63)


 Neither long nor short

Spiritual life eternal

Obedience to God


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