We are completely self-centered if we think that this life is all we have.
While I am agnostic, I do acknowledge that there is something more than this world and this life.
I do not belong to any religion and haven't for decades, even though I was raised Catholic. I do not consider myself big enough to give a name to whatever is larger than humanity. I am just a drop in the bucket of humanity. There is something much greater than man, but I cannot give it a name and I refuse to give it a name. I prefer to get those answers when my turn to be a butterfly comes.
I do believe that my Dad became a beautiful butterfly when he died. I believe that the end of life here on earth is just the beginning. And I don't think you need to belong to a specific religion to believe that.
Perhaps his job here was done. Perhaps his job now is greater.
Perhaps we, as a society, view death as the ultimate end, when it could be the beginning of something far greater than humans could ever imagine.
A caterpillar, too, thinks it's the end. And then he turns into a beautiful butterfly, free and untethered from the confines of his dark cocoon. What if this life we all live is just the dark cocoon? What if we emerge from that darkness and are finally able to experience the other side of life without earthly worries?
I am just a grain of sand. I am only smaller than small.
I cannot say what is on the other side of life, but I bet it's something humans could never fathom.
Right now, I'm pretty sure my Dad is winking at me because I finally get it.
Yet I won't really understand it until I break out of my own cocoon.
I'm just a silly human who thinks I know.
*Winking right back at you, Dad.*