Re: First understanding of mortality
Tue, 07 Dec 1999 14:50:03 -0500

> In a message dated 12/07/1999 12:18:55 PM Eastern Standard Time, writes:

> Is this a universal phenomenon? Does everyone experience this as a
> traumatic moment, after which you know that your days are numbered?

I had encounters with Death at an early age and again in my early 20s, due to illness. Ever since, I have been trying to reconcile a sense of mortality as a quiet presence in daily life. We biological creatures are so fragile, the skin so thin a defense against the rigors of existence, the bones so prone to breakage and decay.

And, yet, the encounters have liberated me from a deep fear of Death. Every new day is an affirmation of the act of self-will that activated the bodily machinery to cure itself. I do wonder how that view will change as age advances, but I plan to live a long time.

And, thank you Hal, for your honesty and willingness to bring up this subject.