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  • Nathan Riley, MD

Acceptance of Death (excerpt)


“If our death could be indefinitely postponed, we would not actually go on postponing indefinitely. Because after a certain point we would realize that that isn’t the way in which we wanted to survive…Why else would we have children? Because children arrange for us to survive in another way: by, as it were, passing on a torch, so that you don’t have to carry it all the time…As each new individual approaches life, life is renewed. And one remembers how fascinating the most ordinary everyday things are to a child. Because they see them all as marvelous, because they see them all in a way that is not related to survival and profit. When we get to thinking of everything in terms of survival and profit, as we do, then the shapes of scratches on the floor cease to have magic, and most things, in fact, cease to have magic. Therefore, once we have ceased to see magic in the world anymore, we are no longer fulfilling nature’s game of fulfilling itself.” — Alan Watts

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