Saturday, September 3, 2011


Gundam model kits on display - Make no display of your talents or attainments; for every one will clearly see, admire, and acknowledge them, so long as you cover them with the beautiful veil of modesty

Economist Jeremy Gluck speculated on US Federal Reserve Board Chairman
Alan Greenspan's epitaph. He decided it would probably read something
like this: "I am guardedly optimistic about the next world, but remain
cognizant of the downside risk."

Though many people feel at peace about their own eventual death,
others are concerned about the possible "downside risk." One of
humankind's greatest fears is around death and the process of dying.
Like the song "Old Man River" says:

"Ah gits weary an' sick of tryin'.
"Ah'm tired of liven' an' skeered of dyin'."

Some people believe that the most basic of human fears is the fear of
death. "Skeered of dyin'." Maybe you feel it, too.

In his later years, John Quincy Adams once remarked, "I inhabit a
weak, frail, decayed tenement battered by the winds and broken in on
by the storms, and from all I can learn, the landlord does not intend
to repair."

Though he may have held out no hope that he would not die, he
approached his own death with acceptance and a remarkable lack of

When the elderly statesman fast approached his 80th birthday, he
succinctly related his philosophy of death. The occasion happened as
he hobbled down the street one day in his favorite city of Boston,
leaning heavily on a cane, and a friend suddenly approached and
slapped him on the shoulder.

"Well, how's John Quincy Adams this morning?" the friend inquired.

The old man turned slowly, smiled and replied, "Fine, sir, fine! But
this old tenement that John Quincy lives in is not so good. The
underpinning is about to fall away. The thatch is all gone off the
roof, and the windows are so dim John Quincy can hardly see out
anymore. As a matter of fact, it wouldn't surprise me if, before the
winter's over, he had to move out. But as for John Quincy Adams, he
never was better...never was better!"

I have spent much of my life around death. I have sat with people as
they died. I have listened to others relate near-death experiences. I
have studied theology and am aware of what scriptures and religions
say about life and death. And I have come to the conclusion that death
is not to be feared. Moreover, when it is time for me to move out of
this tenement in which I am housed, I will to look forward to it
joyfully. I will say, "I never was better...never was better!"

Who is ready to live who is not ready to die?

From Lifesupport

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