Archive for the ‘inadequate response to mortality’ Category

You do not know life, how can you know about death?

September 5, 2009

How can one know about death before he knows clearly about life?

Confucius, Analects

Chi Lu asked about serving the spirits of the dead. The Master said,
"While you are not able to serve men, how can you serve their
spirits?" Chi Lu added, "I venture to ask about death?" He was
answered, "While you do not know life, how can you know about death?"

Out, out, brief candle

September 5, 2009

On hearing of Lady Macbeth’s death, Macbeth comments:

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

Macbeth Act 5, scene 5, 19–28

Brief and meaningless – life without God.

Escapism

August 26, 2009

I’ve given up on reality. Now I’m looking for a good fantasy

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Escape from Reality

August 26, 2009

Being unable to cure death, wretchedness and ignorance, men have decided, in order to be happy, not to think about such things.

Blaise Pascal