How much do I want to read more? 6/10

Death is a powerful subject to take the most of life.
This book has some good quotes as a reminder about it.
“Death makes equal the high and low.”
“Each man’s life is but a breath”

As you read this sentence, one person will die. Death, like an unfinished symphony, leaves fragments of many promising careers and lives.

I'm not sure if I got this triggered by this book, but I have a feeling, we humans are one. And as long as we fall into that illusion that we are many, we'll have to face struggles and pain.
When I was a little boy, one of the greatest game I ever played was pleasing my brother and sister. Literally, the game consisted in one of us alternavely being the "Nice one" who would grant any wishes or "orders" the two others would give, for 15 min. (like cook me some good food, or clean up my room). It was powerful, surrendering oneself to another's wishes. Like a blind mind guided by his faith in others.
What if we cared for others more than ourselves, how would the world be?


INTRODUCTION

[quote, Hebrews 9:27]
Man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment.

we live in a death-denying society.
But the irreversible fact is that no matter what your diet no matter how much you exercise, no matter how many vitamins or health foods you eat, no matter how low your cholesterol, you will still die—someday, some way.

If you knew the moment and manner of your death in advance, would you order your life differently? If so, when would you do it . . . right now, or would you wait until the day before?

CHAPTER ONE - THE LAST ENEMY

How we deal with death and tragedy says a lot about what kind of people we are.

[quote, George Bernard Shaw]
“The statistics on death are quite impressive. One out of one people die.”

[quote, John Heywood]
“Death makes equal the high and low.”

The truth is, life is transitory.

[quote, James 4:14b]
“What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes”.

[quote, psalm 39:5]
“Each man’s life is but a breath”

If we want to make the most of life, we need to face the fact that it is going to end.
My father-in-law, Dr. L. Nelson Bell, wrote many years ago, “Only those who are prepared to die are really prepared to live.” The uncertainty is not the dying, it’s the preparation.

Facing Reality

But let a person who is reasonably intelligent ponder slightly the reality of death and that person is on his or her way to an existential crisis. That person starts asking questions like, “Who am I?” “Why am I here?” “Where am I going from here?”

Death: Our Mortal Enemy

The Bible stresses that death is an enemy, not a friend—both of God and of us.

death the enemy who snatches a child before he learns to play in the sunshine. It is the enemy who takes the young couple before they can be married, stops the youth who wants to be a pilot, or kills the young father and leaves orphaned children and a destitute wife. As you read this sentence, one person will die. Death, like an unfinished symphony, leaves fragments of many promising careers and lives.

Death: Enemy of God’s Plan

A child asked his mother, “Where would I be if I hadn’t been born?”

Some Reactions to Death

[quote, Epicurus]
“Death, feared as the most awful of evils, is really nothing. For so long as we are, death has not come, and when it has come we are not.”

[quote, Romans 8:38-39]
“neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord”.


CHAPTER TWO - DEATH: NO MORE TABOOS

[quote, Ecclesiastes 3:1-2]
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die.

Hold a mirror to history and we see the art, music, literature, and manners of each era.

As the twentieth century, with its rapid changes in technology, communication, and lifestyles, began its breathless race into the future, death became an unmentionable topic (perhaps due in part to increasing secularism). Over a period of time, people began to exclude children from deathbed scenes, or even viewing the dead. Death became a private affair; eventually even the family was excluded as the hospitalization of the terminally ill became widespread.

In 1955 he (Geoffrey Gorer) published an article called “The Pornography of Death.” In it, he showed how death had become as shameful in the modern age as sex was to the Victorians. One taboo had been substituted for another.