Thursday, 28 January 2010

Mastering muerte...

You can’t conquer life until you’ve conquered death. Our greatest fear is surely the abyss that follows the ultimate event; but from this all other petty preoccupations pour forth. It is the biggest change we know – something to nothing – and spreads a nervousness of all the little ones too. Dread breeds inertia, not to mention a whole bunch of nasty little isms. All the major religions attempt to get over it by employing the caveat of an after life, but this is all just so much high hoping and hocus pocus: witness the folly of the Pharaohs. Even the artists and inventors have, somewhere in their souls, the hope of defying the d-word by living on through their work. But much better to be great in this, our only life: no need for nirvana other than now. Apt, then, that it should be the School of Life who take us by the hand and teach us How To Think About Death. Ah, a life without fear: now that’s what I call living…

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