“Shrinking away from death is something unhealthy and abnormal which robs the second half of life of its purpose.” – Carl Jung

Do you agree with this quote?

I’m not sure I do. On the other hand, I’m not even sure I understand it.

It probably depends on one’s idea of a good life that, to me, would include relative good health and comparative independence from want.

Given that, why wouldn’t one shrink from death?

I surely don’t want to die. I’ll go kicking and screaming.

Seems to me accepting death is unhealthy and abnormal.I understand there are exceptions. Untreatable, unrelenting, horrible pain for example. Still.

I love Mark Twain. His quotes are spot on.

Except this one.

“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” – Mark Twain

 What say you?

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4 Responses to Death

  1. Susan Alton says:

    I do not agree with Carl Jung’s quote at all. In fact far from it. In the second half of my life I’m living life to the fullest, doing all the things I couldn’t do when I was working. For me , that means spending more time with Bob traveling, exercising, learning, walking. I have no fear of death. I feel like my life is great just the way it is. No one knows when they will go. It could happen in a minute, a day, a week, month or in 20 more years. I may slow down as the years go on, but I will keep going as long as possible!


  2. Texas Heat says:

    Well said Mark. I haven’t reached the point of acceptance yet. i know I’m going to die. I just don’t like the idea at all. Totally unnecessary if you ask me.


  3. Mark Bass says:

    I’m not very accepting of the degradation of my body and mind as I age. That; and having led a full life, has left me more accepting of my eventual fate. I only hope that I not waste away indetermiately in bed. Finally; no assisted living for me! Let me pass at home.


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