Basharth (Yiddish for Meant to Happen)

Lucky me (so far).

I have had many close calls, escapes from death.

Never did I ever expect to reach the age I am, and to still have my marbles.

Just good luck.

Some people have it, some don’t. Some believe our lives are preordained (meant to be)


Who is to say.

I believe as a mere human being, I will never find the answer. 

I’ve stopped thinking about it. As your life evolves, you (at least I do) go with the flow.

In my youth, I was an atheist.

I no longer am.

I am Jewish and my parents were religious (but not fanatically so).

On “High holidays” they sent me to the local synagogue. On Friday night, my mother said Jewish prayers.

I went to the neighborhood Hebrew school until the age of 13.

When I was 13, I had a Bar Mitzvah – I became an adult.

I used to be an atheist.

Karl Marx said, “Religion is the opiate of the people.”

I believed him – but I no longer do.

Some people need religion. In times of stress and troubles it gives them solace, peace of mind.

I am no longer an atheist nor do I believe in a “Supreme being.”

There is so much poverty and misery in this world. 

If there is a god, why doesn’t he do something?

I believe what I see (show me the money).

I will never know the answer and neither will anybody else.

Morrie Markoff

(June 29, 2021)

Author: Morrie Markoff

Centenarian (born in 1914) who lives in Los Angeles, and is also a metal sculpture artist and the Author of "Keep Breathing," available on and other book seller sites.