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About living and dying

por beatriz j a, em 06.12.18

 

So the idea that there could be a technological solution to death seems to me to really be an absurdity. And it’s a way of avoiding or even denying one of the routes towards a need or reason that theism satisfies – to the extent that it can – which is to reconcile human beings not only to their own mortality, but even more, to the mortality of whatever it is that they love.

 

Rowan Williams: The word you used there, love, is of course crucial, in that love – when we’re not using it sentimentally and as a shortcut – means attention to what is there that’s not you, not under your control, not following your agenda. The problem, I think, with a lot of these apocalyptic and utopian visions is that they do not love the self, the world, the human race, but something that might be on the other side of the next hill. And I’m with Shakespeare on this: “Love that well which thou must leave ere long.” To love what’s mortal as mortal. Saint Augustine says something like that, Simone Weil, one of the great thinkers of the 20th century – almost as mad as Comte in some respects, but nevertheless worth reading – says something similar. And that’s difficult, because instinctively, it seems, we want to love what we’re sure of and can be in charge of and can manage, and we find it very difficult to love what’s not at our disposal in that way.

in Matters of life and death: Rowan Williams and John Gray in conversation

 

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De Tudo Mesmo a 06.12.2018 às 22:53

For me the idea of seeing who l love to die is the most painful one to imagine. I want, at the same time, that person to stop suffering, but I want it with me. Is it selfishness? Can be. I do not care. Instead, I'd rather want time to stop. In order to take advantage of the minutes. Any solution that technology creates won't be a natural one. That it's what I want!
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De beatriz j a a 07.12.2018 às 05:24

Living is painful, love itself is painful... loving someone who doesn't love you back is painful. Love is not selfish.
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De Tudo Mesmo a 07.12.2018 às 06:50

Good Morning Beatriz.
Wisdom of Teachers. I always will love Teachers with Capital Letter!
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De beatriz j a a 07.12.2018 às 07:27

Good morning to you too :))

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