10 Major Causes of Death in Humans (And How to Conquer Them)

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The most unexpected things can inspire us. And the more you accept the idea that inspiration can come from anything and everything, the more you can freely experience life. 

As a child I used to watch Japanese Animation (Anime) for the fighting scenes; American cartoons just didn't have the intensity or the character development I needed to get excited. In most American cartoons, each episode is a stand-alone with brief mention of something in past episodes, if ever. All of life's problems seem to be resolved in 30 minutes and that has always limited my appreciation for them. 

Anime tells a long story. Some series last 26 episodes, others extend into over 100 episodes — all seamlessly flowing and tied into episode one. As I got older Anime was something I began to learn from. There were complex characters and storylines, and a powerful theme that resonated throughout the entire series. Characters experienced love, relationships, pain, drive, inspiration, and the every day struggles that everyday people deal with. There was a greater human connection.

While watching one specific Anime titled Bleach, a group of ten villains was introduced, each unique in their own way but each having an important significance — each character represented "the 10 aspects of death in humans". I watched as the characters interacted with others on my television. And there wasn't one aspect I didn't see truth in.

Each cause of death either destroys human mentally or physically, but each can be conquered by adjusting your perspective on what each means.

1. Isolation

As an introvert, isolation is something I claim to crave. Realistically, I rather just not be around specific types of people. Although people find peace and oneness in isolation, there is a basic desire in us to commune with others. 

Conquering It: Find the right people who fit into your life. Everyone isn't meant for you and the quicker you decide who brings the energy you desire and need, the quicker you'll find others like them and build your community.

2. Old Age (Time) 

Our experience on this plane of existence is limited. Every second is precious and every moment unlike any other moment that has happened or will happen.

Conquering It: Live your life as you see fit. Time feels wasted only when you live with regret and focus on should've, would've, could've. What are you going to do now?

3. Sacrifice 

There is nothing wrong with sacrifice in itself. Life demands a certain amount of sacrifice. We prioritize what's most important and we occasionally give up our desires for other people. 

Conquering It: Sacrifices should never come with regret or be used as a weapon to throw in someone else's face. If the sacrifice isn't committed with pure heart and intention, it becomes more of an U.O.Me.; and never getting that desired energy back, only leads to bitterness and resentment.

4. Nihilism (Emptiness) 

Last week someone asked me if I was a nihilist. I laughed but also panicked because I had to really consider it. There are moments where the older version of myself steps forward and finds comfort in a state of emptiness. But my new self always finds a way to push through.

Conquering It: Find something, anything to believe in and hold onto. Let that be your motivation to keeping going and to live with appreciation for all that you have and experience.

5. Despair 

Despair leads to a complacent lifestyle. A lack of hope leads to indifference for tomorrow. The common belief is: without hope, what reason is there to go on?

Conquering It: Similar to nihilism, having something to look forward to is important. I think a lack of hope tends to come from fear. Fear of failure and the unknown. If you act more instead of "hoping" you take control of your life and create your path.

6. Destruction 

We build and we destroy. That is important for Universal balance. But if all you're doing is destroying, what are you leaving for yourself to enjoy. Once you destroy all that you have, you look to destroy what others possess.  Destruction leaves things in ruins and takes time and effort to rebuild.

Conquering It: Start creating for yourself and others. Instead of destroying, replace or remove what isn't needed from your life.

Hack away at the unessential.
— Bruce Lee

7. Intoxication 

Intoxication comes in various forms — drugs and alcohol being the most stigmatized. Look at the people around you and their addictions: social media, other people's lives, celebrity gossip, reality television, and attention. Intoxication is a form of obsession.

Conquering It: When it comes to social media, I say, If you're not creating, you're consuming. This ties back into destruction slightly. Many of us spend our day working for someone else and supporting their dream. After that we engage in some form of media that further supports someone else's dream. Breakfast and lunch are fuel to keep you going during your work day. Sleep? You need to recuperate to make it back to the job tomorrow. What are you doing for yourself!?

8. Madness

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results
— Albert Einstein

Conquering It: Stop doing the same shit over and over again expecting different results.

9. Greed 

Greed is noted as one of the seven deadly sins. Greed is a form of obsession — a desire to continuously have more than needed. A desire to always want, takes away from enjoying what you may already have. There is nothing wrong with wanting more of something. But the drive behind greed is unhealthy. 

Conquering It: Only take in what is needed. Wanting more money is not greedy. But the path you take to get that money is where the danger lies. 

10. Rage 

Rage is more than anger. Rage is a burning uncontrolled desire to act without thought or care. It is blind action that can harm and destroy anything in it's path.

Conquering It: Rage tends to build up. People tend to suppress emotions, thoughts, and ideas that are bothering them. Then one day you just snap. Express your emotions and find people to vent to constructively. Most importantly find people who can support the way you need them to. 

Action A, B, or C doesn't lead to death. But allowing these aspects to exist and consume you removes the possibilities of the life experience and leads you nowhere. Free yourself.