Jul 17, 2018

Enough with the excuses

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Excuses for age-related death are just that: excuses.

The knowledge that every ambition is doomed to frustration at the hands of a skeleton has never prevented the majority of human beings from behaving as though death were no more than an unfounded rumor.

The quote above is by Aldous Huxley. It sums up very well humanity’s attitude towards death, and interestingly, it can be interpreted in two opposite ways: praise for the human ability to soldier on, even in the face of inevitable demise, or a short, withering remark on how delusional we can be that, if we just ignore it really hard, maybe we don’t need to worry about death.

When I see people professing with apparently unshakable conviction the necessity of death, their not fearing it, or that—as they sometimes say in my hometown when somebody dies—” those who live have it worse”, I can’t help but think that the better interpretation of Huxley’s quote is the second one.

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