This moving and deep song started playing in the background after Emma Jean sent me the link. It was playing while I was reading an essay by the inventor of the essay, my old friend and inspiration Michel de Montaigne, or “Mountain Mike” as I know him. The essay was That to Philosophize is to Learn to Die so it was all of a piece. Here are some things I highlighted:
Should a man fall into this condition on the sudden, I do not think humanity capable of enduring such a change: but nature, leading us by the hand, an easy and, as it were, an insensible pace, step by step conducts us to that miserable state, and by that means make it familiar to us, so that we are insensible of the stroke when our youth dies in us, though it be really a harder death than the final dissolution of a languishing body than the death of old age; forasmuch as the fall is not so great from an uneasy being to none at all, as it is from a sprightly and flourishing being to one that is troublesome and painful.
Seeing we are threatened by so many sorts of death, is it not infinitely worse eternally to fear them all than once to undergo one of them? And what matters it, when it shall happen, since it is inevitable? To him that told Socrates, “The thirty tyrants have sentenced thee to death”; “And nature them,” said he.