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Daemon
Posted: Sunday, October 20, 2013 12:00:00 AM
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We must have felt what it is to die ... that we may appreciate the enjoyments of living.

Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)
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Drastic.
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Posted: Sunday, October 20, 2013 4:28:22 AM
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Near-Death Experiences ("NDE") are as old as the Bible. Consider Paul's transformative jolt on the road to Damascus. Lately Christians have
seized upon NDEs to prove that heaven exists, e.g. Proof of Heaven by neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander. So Dumas was merely restating an ancient truth. And is it really so surprising that confronting death helps us value what is important in life, or life itself? American poet Emily Dickinson said it best:

Success is counted sweetest
By those who ne'er succeed.
To comprehend a nectar
Requires sorest need.

Not one of all the purple host
Who took the flag to-day
Can tell the definition,
So clear, of victory!

As he, defeated, dying,
On whose forbidden ear
The distant strains of triumph
Burst agonized and clear!

Bully_rus
Posted: Sunday, October 20, 2013 11:34:32 AM
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Any whim for your money! Bungee jumping, roller coaster are among harmless. Although in some context such words of wisdom may provoke suicidal activities, especially by adventurous youth.
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Posted: Sunday, October 20, 2013 2:57:50 PM
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Daemon wrote:
We must have felt what it is to die ... that we may appreciate the enjoyments of living.

Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)


“But there is nothing enduring in the world, and therefore even joy in the second minute is already not as acute as in the first; in the third minute it becomes still weaker and finally merges unnoticeably with the usual condition of the soul, as a circle on the water, caused by the fall of a pebble, finally merges with the smooth surface.”
― Nikolai Gogol
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