Donald B. McCormick, Ph.D
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                                                          Opinions on Death
                                                                          (D.B. McCormick, 2006)   

                                    
                                                               
Relationship to life
         "Every day should be passed as if it were to be our last." --- Publius Syrus, ~ 6o B.C.E.

Relationship to humankind
        "No man is an island, entire of itself any man's death diminishes me because I am involved in mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee." --- John Donne, 1624 

Relationship to others
     "Death often weighs heavier on us by its weight on others, and pains us by their pain almost as much as our own, and sometimes even more." --- Montaigne, 1588

Relationship to self
     "On him does death lie heavily, who, but too well known to all, dies to himself unknown." --- Seneca The Younger, ~ 50 A.D.

Relationship to dying
     "Perhaps the gods are kind to us, by making life more disagreeable as we grow older. In the end, death seems less intolerable than the manifold burdens we carry." --- Sigmund Freud, 1930

Relationship to hereafter
     "I bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love. If you want me again, look for me under your boot-soles." --- Walt Whitman, 1885

Relationship to equality
     "After the game, the king and pawn go into the same box." --- Italian saying

Comedic worry
     "It's not that I'm afraid to die. I just don't want to be there when it happens." --- Woody Allen, 1975

Socratic view
     "To fear death, gentlemen, is nothing other than to think oneself wise when one is not; for it is to think one knows what one does not know. No man knows whether death may not even turn out to be the greatest of blessings for a human being; and yet people fear it as if they knew for certain that it is the greatest of evils." --- Plato writing what Socrates said shortly before his state-mandated suicide