Sometimes I enter a meditative state, and go to reread books I’ve already read, and are underlined, scribbled and dog-eared.
This time, the book revisited was (again) Douglas Coupland’s “Generation X: Tales for an accelerated culture”
And even if the book is pretty plotless, the characters are interesting and sort of likeable, despite the apparent vacuity of them.
Suddenly, in this book, Elvissa (one of the characters) asks to Tobias (the yuppie) something that left me thinking:
“When you die and get buried and get to be floating wherever you go, what is going to be your best memory from Earth?”
Tobias, doesn’t understand, and Elvissa elaborates:
“What is the moment that for you defines what is to be alive in this planet? what do you want to take with you from here?”
Yet, the yuppie doesn’t understand. Elvissa continues:
“I want to hear about a tiny moment of your life that proves that you are really alive”
And that is really an AMAZING question.
I thought about that, and curiously, I couldn’t find a definite answer. There are several wonderful moments that I can consider my best memory from Earth. All of them too private to be shared here. But it was an amazing question, nonetheless.
And you, what is the moment that for you defines what is to be alive on this planet?