Death

 

 

The challenge of death comes to us all, and no one can die for another. Everyone must fight his own battle with death by himself alone . . . I will not be with you then nor you with me.

 

Martin Luther

 

The whole life of the philosopher is a preparation for death.

 

Plato

 

Death ought to remain outside, an alien entity daily kept at bay.

 

Rilke

 

Our culture had evolved to the point where death is perceived more keenly than before. So we develop ever stronger and more subtle ways to deny death, to avoid both its immanence and its necessity.

 

Existential philosophers have pointed out, in numerous ways, how this denial of death results in a less active life. Indeed, it's a kind of denial of life since life and death go hand in hand.

 

If I'm afraid of death, then I will become extremely cautious and worried in life, since something might happen to me. So the more I fear death the more I fear life, and the less I live.

 

Grace and Grit - Ken Wilber