“We live in a culture where it has been rubbed into us, in every conceivable way, that to die is a terrible thing, and that is a tremendous disease from which our culture in particular suffers.” ~Alan Watts, British-born American philosopher (1915-1973)
I am sharing this four-minute video, not because I embrace all Mr. Watts's points that address the question “Is death terrible?” (and he doesn't even touch on any theological considerations), but because I think it's important for each of us to come to grips with our own mortality, and I believe nature, and the way it works, has a great deal to teach us.
My natural instinct is to embrace life and resist death, but perhaps that resistance is a waste of emotional energy. Yet understanding how fleeting life can be is surely an incentive to make the most out of whatever time we're given, isn't it? And I certainly support medical research and charities that seek cures and relief from the world's illnesses.
I'm still processing this and would be very interested in your thoughts.