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Der Garten des Todes, 1896
Hugo Simberg (1873-1917) finnischer Maler


 

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Persönliche Bekenntnisse

  • Meine Beziehung zum Tod ist die einer Seiltänzerin. Wie sie übe ich eine gefährliche Tätigkeit aus, muss im Voraus das Risiko berechnen, aber wie bei ihr siegt jedes Mal wieder der Wille zur Perfektion über die Angst. Ingrid Betancourt (*1961) französisch-kolumbianische Politikerin, Autorin, Die Wut in meinem Herzen, List Verlag, 2002

 

Einsicht

  • Der Tod ist kein Ereignis des Lebens. Den Tod erlebt man nicht. Wenn man unter Ewigkeit nicht unendliche Zeitdauer, sondern Unzeitlichkeit versteht, dann lebt der ewig, der in der Gegenwart lebt. Unser Leben ist ebenso endlos, wie unser Gesichtsfeld grenzenlos ist. Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) österreichisch-britischer Philosoph, Tractatus logico-philosophicus. Logisch-philosophische Abhandlung, Satz 6.4311, 1918, 1921, Suhrkamp, Frankfurt am Main, 1998, 2003
  • Der Tod sitzt im Darm. Philipus Aureolus Paracelsus [Philippus Theophrastus Aureolus Bombast von Hohenheim] (1493-1541) Schweizer Arzt, Laientheologe, Philosoph, Mystiker, Alchemist, Astrologe

 

General quotes

You shall not murder. Exodus 20, 13 and Deuteronomy 5, 17 (OT)

 

You shall not kill – God has made life sacred. Quran verse 2:190, 4:90, 5:32, 6:151, 8:61, 17:33, 25, 68

 

Conclusion

  • In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. Benjamin Franklin [The First American, US Founding Father] (1706-1705) US American statesman, occultist, polymath, diplomat, political theorist, civic activist, author, in a letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy, 1789, re-printed in The Works of Benjamin Franklin, 1817

 

Observation

 

Insight

  • Death is not an event in life: we do not live to experience death. If we take eternity to mean not infinite temporal duration but timelessness, then eternal life belongs to those who live in the present. Our life has no end in just the way in which our visual field has no limits. Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) Austrian British philosopher, Charles Kay Ogden, translator, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, phrase 6.4311, Routledge & Kegan Paul, London, 1922

Day of the Dead [All Souls' Day]
Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) Mexican painter
Museo Frida Kahlo, Mexico
  • To fear death, my friends, is only to think ourselves wise, without being wise: for it is to think that we know what we do not know. For anything that men can tell, death may be the greatest good that can happen to them: but they fear it as if they knew quite well that it was the greatest of evils. And what is this but that shameful ignorance of thinking that we know what we do not know? Socrates (469-399 BC) Ancient Greek pre-Christian philosopher

 

  • Death may be the greatest of all human blessings. Socrates (469-399 BC) Ancient Greek pre-Christian philosopher

 

  • Ordinary people seem not to realize that those who really apply themselves in the right way to philosophy are directly and of their own accord preparing themselves for dying and death. Socrates (469-399 BC) Ancient Greek pre-Christian philosopher

 

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Death

  • Death is the hardest thing from the outside and as long as we are outside of it. But once inside you taste of such completeness and peace and fulfillment that you don't want to return. Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) Swiss psychiatrist, psychoanalytist, founder of a new school of analytical depth psychology, Gerhard Adler, editor, Aniela Jaffe, editor, Letters of C. G. Jung. Volume I, 1906-1950, S. 355-357, Routledge, 17. May 1973, translated by R.F.C. Hull, Princeton NJ: Princeton University Press, 1975

 

  • A civilization that denies death ends by denying life. Octavio Paz (1914-1998) Mexican diplomat, poet, writer, Nobel laureate in literature, 1990, cited in: Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D., Death and Grief. A Guide for Clergy, Brunner-Routledge, New York City, New York, 1988

 

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Death in the middle of life

  • An old Celtic proverb boldly places death right at the center of life. “Death is the middle of a long life,” they used to say. Ancient people did things like that; they put death at the center instead of casting it out of sight and leaving such an important subject until the last possible moment. Of course, they lived close to nature and couldn’t help but see how the forest grew from fallen trees and how death seemed to replenish life from fallen members. Only the unwise and the overly fearful think that death is the blind enemy of life.
    When death is denied or only given a place at the end of life, a kind of existential displacement takes place. Appearing only at the end makes death seem more devastating and fatalistic than it need be. A healthy awareness of death can make the breath of life feel more immediate and palpable and be all the more precious. Death used to be called the great teacher of life; for in knowing something about death people came to value life more distinctly. It is not morbid to consider the role of death in life; rather, facing one’s own mortality may help clarify one’s genuine role in life.
    Ancient notions of where to place death might offer surprising hints for how to find the center of our lives. If the issue of death could become more central to life again, then life might become more centered upon meaningful things. When death is in the middle of life as well as at the end of it, more than one kind of death can be discerned and more of the secret of life might be learned. Michael Meade Mosaicvoices.org (*1944) US American storyteller, scholar of mythology, psychology, anthropology, ritualist, spokesman in the Men's Movement, author, Fate and Destiny. The Two Agreements of the Soul, GreenFire Press, 30. September 2010

Literary quotes

  • Death, taxes and childbirth! There's never any convenient time for any of them. Margaret Mitchell (1900-1949) US American journalist, author, American Civil War-era novel Gone with the Wind, Macmillan Publishers, 1936

 

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