RIDING WITH DEATH

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“Exitentialists such as Heidegger think that a meaningful, authentic life requires an embrace of your own mortality. Although you can’t know the actual event of your death, you can face up to the awareness that your end is an inevitable part of your future. This means recognizing that death is a possibility for you at each moment. Thus, authentic living is living toward death, actively embracing the fact that the Grim Reaper is always right up ahead. Facing death is something you can only do alone. Facing death individualizes you, separating you from the crowd and forcing you to take seriously the task of making meaningful, individual choices about how to live. From this angle, it’s actually those who avoid the confrontation with death who end up living superficial, conformist lives that aren’t worth living at all. After you look at things this way, you start to see that the possibility of living with death - or acknowledging your finitude - is a gift. It gives you the possibility of taking your life seriously.”   -  Chrsitopher Panza and Gregory Gale

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