This question is different from How to live the present instead of just surviving?. It's about an apparent contradiction in general whereas that one is specifically asking how to live in the present which is a different question, but I see how it resembles this one. I am not religious. I got my abstract thinking all on my own totally independently of religion and I guess it's related to the tag philosophy-of-religion. That tag got recommended to me then I saw for myself a possible reason and also trust that it would recommend me a suitable tag. I guess religion got people doing abstract thinking as well.
I know there technically is no contradiction in that fact. It just seems so wierd and I feel like it's hard to make sense of it. I'm not even entirely sure what my question even is. It's almost like I'm chasing after an answer that is out of reach from which I will see the problem from another perspective and then feel like it makes sense. There was a YouTube video of the ice man Wim Hof who said his brain was chasing after answers and just wouldn't stop and then I think when he went into cold water, he said it silenced him. I guess it got his mind onto something else and then he felt like he was conceiving of other concepts. Then that was his true state of mind so it made sense to him. Maybe an answer that will get me thinking of it another way and feeling like it makes sense will do. And please don't mention death itself in the answer. There is no use or need. I prefer to do my own thinking myself and not be fed ideas I might sometimes not like seeing when I read the answer and I don't need you others catching my attention in ways I don't want.