And prepare for death.Posted: July 17, 2016
[More thoughts from The Book Of The Ignored etc.]
YOU WILL DIE ONE DAY
“Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.” -Samuel Johnson.
“To study philosophy is to learn how to die.” –Cicero.
“Be happy while you’re living, for a you’re a long time dead.” –Scottish proverb.
“Life is short. Make it amazing.” – @gapingvoid cartoon.
The British author, John Mortimer once described Life as “A tiny blip of time, separating two vast expanses of eternity”.
The insanely brilliant stoic philosopher and Roman Emperor, Marcus Aurelius famously coined the phrase, “Live every day as if it were your last, for one day it will be.”
The great mythologist, Joseph Campbell thought that religion came about once human beings first became aware of their own mortality.
Ain’t that the truth. I believe all these great thinkers were right on the money, in their own way.
Without death, life would have no meaning. It is death that gives life its edge. And it’s that edge that gives life its meaning. That gives us the experience of being alive. Which is what the meaning of life is really all about.
To know life, is to know death. And maybe, just maybe, be OK with it.
Now go do good work, with all your heart. Yes.