Whether it's a tooth struck by cavities, wrinkled flesh, a rotting relationship or a planet falling apart there is one common denominator - it is inevitable!
Flowers wilt, teeth decay, cars rust, people disintegrate and die, relationships break down, societies rot, economies crumble, kingdoms fall, species are struck by extinction, planets are pulverized all in the name of evolution. Nothing lasts.
And we take courage from the beautiful journey towards decay. We speak of all the things we gain as we blitzkrieg towards death - wisdom, friends, experiences, memories, an accumulation of stuff. It is a pretty poor swap if you ask me.
There was a time before decay. Do you remember those carefree days in the sandpit? Do you recall the colour of your doting grandmother's eyes? Were you really bored in class as you learnt about the rise and fall of the Ancient Roman Empire not knowing that this was the destiny of all societies? Do you ever reminisce the freshness and invincibility of youth just before you realised that one day you would cease to exist? How often do you think of the days when you said "I love you" in every second breath before the silence of decay set in? How did you feel on your very first day at work when you brought chocolates to sweeten up your new colleagues hoping they would like you?
You were very much liked but also disliked, because like carries seeds of dislike just as love carries seeds of hate. Perhaps it is these seeds that grow and bring about decay.
All we want is something that isn't rot, something that lasts forever. We hope for the immortal in the face of a God, a power, a meaning, a purpose, something that can linger on even when we have long been forgotten.