“This is a great accomplishment, and one which needs long practice to learn, to depart calmly when the inevitable hour arrives.” – Seneca
Some day, almost all of us have no idea when, we are going to die. It’s coming for us whether we are going to be ready or not. And whether we like it or not, with the way that technology, medicine, and science are constantly improving on themselves, we are all likely going to know what is going to kill us when it finally arrives.
It’s as if we are waiting for a guest to arrive but we have no idea when to expect them. And what is worse, while we aren’t exactly excited for them to come visit, we can’t stop them from visiting either.
Just as it is with guests we don’t care for but can’t keep from visiting, we should look at death as something that we are going to have to take part in, whether we like it or not, that is the cost for being a part of this world.
Anything that has to be done, anything that must be dealt with whether we like it or not should be approached with an open mind, and a calm demeanor. It doesn’t help us any to dread eating food, going to bed, or making our living in the world, it also doesn’t help us to treat death any differently.
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