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Requiescat in pace et in amore
November 23, 2009, 7:12 pm
Filed under: Lomography

Death.  Some of us fear it, some of us welcome it,and still others ignore it.  Yet it is an integral part of life.  When we lose someone close to us the pain and despair feel as if it will never cease yet over time it slowly lessens and we begin to focus on life again. How we view death and how we cope with death can profoundly affect every aspect of our lives.

Here are a few different views:

Dennis Yoshikawa, a Shin Buddhist: “to solve the problem of death, one must first solve the problem of life, living life. If one is able to do that, to live a truly human life, then there’s nothing to be feared by the experience of death, because the experience of death is a natural part of life”

Konosuke Matsushita, a Japanese Businessman and founder of Panasonic: “What we should fear is not so much death itself as being unprepared for the eventuality….To be prepared for death is to be prepared for living; to die well is to live well”

Archbishop Desmond Tutu:”When you have a potentially terminal disease, it concentrates the mind wonderfully. It gives a new intensity to life. You discover how many things you have taken for granted – the love of your beloved, the Beethoven symphony, the dew on the rose, the laughter on the face of your grandchild”.

Death should be our master teacher, once we accept its existence it can bring full meaning to our life and guide us in leading an authentic existence.


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