“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?
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!
I agree with you Susan. Thank you for sharing that thought.
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.
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.