Death is normal

Death, of course, is not a failure. Death is normal. Death may be the enemy, but it is also the natural order of things. I knew these truths abstractly, but I didn’t know them concretely—that they could be truths not just for everyone but also for this person right in front of me, for this person I was responsible for.

Atul Gawande, from Being Mortal

I started reading Being Mortal this morning at 3am when I couldn’t sleep. Kind of an intense book to read in the middle of the night. This quote hit me as poignant and a metaphor for our culture around failure in general. Life, death, rise, fall: it is the natural order of things. Why is that so hard to accept?

 

One thought on “Death is normal

  1. Humans #1 fear is death, in all its forms. Death (or failure) is the dark abyss of the unknown. It is also irrelevancy. Humans hate uncertainty and irrelevancy. But yes, so true – it is the natural order of things. Neither good nor bad.

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