Friday, January 9, 2009

Add This to Your To Do List

All the great graceful-life philosophies and all the great religions counsel people to remember death.
- Jennifer Michael Hecht (2007), Historian

Most of us have not seen a real person die. If we have, our children most likely have not. Death went out of fashion with paid-in-full real estate in the 1950's and has since been relegated to Hollywood for dramatic interpretation. But a good death is part of a good life and all benefit from observing an end to a well lived life. One cannot just show up to watch someone die in peace, of course, one has to have been around all along. If you have watched someone die well consider youself priviledged. If you have not, reconsider the way you spend your time and who you know. No one should have to face his own death ignorant of its awe-inspiring side.

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