Art of Dying Volume One | Page 65

“ Death ought to form how we live our lives because the qualities that define a good life are those that make up a good death. When we allow ourselves to be confronted by death, it is not easy. It’s tough to recognize that our lives on this earth will end, and it can be hard to realize that much of what we pursue in life has little ultimate meaning. In response, we may deploy a range of methods “ to avoid being confronted by death. We zealously seek medical treatment to forestall the inevitable or we simply maintain lives that are too busy to be interrupted by a trip to the nursing home. Whatever method we pursue, ​avoiding death often means refusing to recognize what is valuable in our own lives. ROB MOLL VOLUME I | 65