A Short Conversation Between Life and Death: Part 2

A Year in the Death 1/22/21

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Life asked death, “Why do people love me but hate you?”

Death responded, “Because you are a beautiful lie and I am a painful truth.”

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“The phrase ‘This happened and it is bad’ is actually two impressions. The first — ‘This happened’— is objective. The second — ‘it is bad’— is subjective.”

This is not insignificant — especially when the experience we are subjectively altering is our own deaths. Because humans generally agree with Death’s answer to Life, we spend our lives both fearful of and in denial of our inevitable deaths. Consequently, we fail to truly live, a terrible irony summarized nicely by Ernest Becker in his Pulitzer-prize-winning The Denial of Death:

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