Death and loss are separate entities that are strongly linked. No one can replace your mother, father, sister, or favorite cousin. Everyone is unique and every loss is tragic when it comes to the people we love. When someone dies, the world loses that person forever. This is part of the natural order of life that is heavily intertwined with loss.
We lose careers, marriages, hair, pastimes, wallets, friends, and grudges. Of course, sometimes through these events, we often gain a great deal that can help us to compensate for painful losses.
Oddly, some losses are good, even though they are painful, like baby teeth so our adult teeth can come in and relationships that have passed their prime. When we ask ourselves what it means to be mortal we must realize that we have made a grand bargain (one beyond our control), we have no choice but to accept the dark side of life along with the good.
We Are All Bound by Certain Truths
We cannot avoid the certainty of our impending death and the deaths of the ones we love. As if life’s challenges were not enough, we all must pass into death’s grip. Although this fact is depressing to nearly everyone at some point, it can be a source of relief if viewed as a release, liberating the individual from the pain of life and the despair. Humanity has trouble with death but there are some who have found a way to accept it. Consider these quotes:
“Men fear death, as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children, is increased with tales, so is the other.” -Francis Bacon
“As death, when we come to consider it closely, is the true goal of our existence, I have formed during the last few years such close relations with this best and truest friend of mankind, that his image is not only no longer terrifying to me, but is indeed very soothing and consoling! And I thank my God for graciously granting me the opportunity of learning that death is the key which unlocks the door to our true happiness.” –Mozart
“That which is as universal as death must be a benefit.” -Friedrich von Schiller
Your Ideas Matter and I Would Appreciate your Input
Do you have any insights about these quotes?
Do you think there is a deeper correlation between death and loss than the obvious?