The Noise Of Death
by Timothy Lusch
The Disquieting Reality of Life
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
We live most days in denial of death. This is as it should be. We cannot attend to life if we dwell on death. It remains for all of us the ultimate reality. No illusion can distort it, no lie can destroy it. It is coming. But it should not haunt us. Rather it should impel us to live more fully, to remain humble, for nothing we do, nothing we build, nothing we create will last. Erich Maria Remarque, a German soldier in WWI and subsequent novelist, understood the fragility of life in the face of death. It is a reminder that if we do not take the reality of death lightly, we will not take ourselves so seriously. Put that on your Facebook page.
“We are little flames poorly sheltered by frail walls against the storm of dissolution and madness, in which we flicker and sometimes go out.”