"Nothing is more beautiful than death."
(From The Clash Of The Titans).
(Quote of George Eliot)
Time is an abyss, profound as a thousand nights, centuries come and go, to be unable to grow old is terrible. That is not the worst. There are things more terrible than that. Can you imagine enduring centuries experiencing the same futilities each day? - From Nosferatu the Vampyre with Klause Kinski as Count Dracula.
And the dust returns to the earth as it was and the spirit returns to God who gave it.
To the living we owe respect.
To the dead we owe the truth.
To the world, you may be a billionare, a celebrity, or an icon, but to the angel of death, you are just another name on the list.
This is the only post you will find on my website that I did not create myself. I thought I had to add it because it expresses my belief about death perfectly. I just hope that the creators of this video do not ban it from remaining on my humble website.
It may be that we find ourselves wanting everything when we get dangerously close to wanting nothing.
Cheated death again last week
Sky and clouds passing by
Until the landing on a road
Return to pain...
Death is certain
But can be held off
Take care, be strong
Persevere when death looms.
This is the grave site of Elisabeth Alexandrovna de Demidoff. She was Baronne de Strogonoff, born in Saint Petersborg Russia in 1779 and she died in Paris in 1818. Hers is one of the largest tomb monuments in Père Lachaise Cemetery. There is at least one story about this mausoleum being haunted by the spirit of the aristocrat. The story can be found in a book called "That's Paris" by various authors. It is an anthology of Paris related stories and the story that tells about this grave site is called "Le Chemin de Dragon" by Didier Quémener.
Day to day we distance ourselves from death thinking that it happens to others or to us and family far into the future. But the fact is that death is at our shoulders every day. It is an ever present fact of life. Today can easily be our last.
"To die is poignantly bitter,
but the idea of having to die
without having lived
Death is a reminder of the value of life. Death is a natural succession to life. Seneca wrote:
"The act of dying is equal in all, death has no degrees of greater or less, for it has the same limit in all instances, the finishing of life.
"Death is the only God who comes when you call him."
The dead do not praise the Lord nor do any who go down in silence.
Living wisely is a means of avoiding regrets. Even death is not to be feared by those who live wisely.
The timing of death at the end of a story gives a changed meaning to what preceded it.
Constance André Say lived from 1816 to 1871. He was the son of Louis Auguste Horace Say who lived from 1774-1840 and HE was the son of Jean Etienne Say who lived from 1739 - 1806. Jean Baptist Say, the brother of Constance Say, was an economist and businessman who adhered to the French Liberal School of political economics.
If the day of Judgement erupts while you are planting a tree, carry on and plant it.
Every self will be tasting of death. And We try you with evil and with good as a temptation then to Us you will be returned.
On this day, those loved ones who have passed away are remembered with altars, flowers, traditional food, candles, and extensve family bonding. It is celebrated throughout Latin America. Altars will have photos of saints and the deceased family members and flowers with candles. Food offerings will also be included. These are called ofrendas. I think plastic, wooden, or ceramic skulls are also included. For sure, bread that is shaped into skulls or skeletons are ofted included. Here is a photo of such a skull:
There are few milestones in our life that evoke a stronger response than our final act - Death.
"You think you have years left with someone; all the time in the world, and all of a sudden, you don't." 🤔