Death ought to form how we live our lives
because the qualities that define a good life
are those that make up a good death.
When we allow ourselves to be confronted by death,
it is not easy.
It’s tough to recognize that our lives on this earth will end,
and it can be hard to realize
that much of what we pursue in life
has little ultimate meaning.
In response, we may deploy a range of methods
to avoid being confronted by death.
We zealously seek medical treatment to forestall the inevitable
or we simply maintain lives that are too busy
to be interrupted by a trip to the nursing home.
Whatever method we pursue,
avoiding death often means refusing to recognize
what is valuable in our own lives.
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