philosophybits:

“Suppose that a god announced that you were going to die tomorrow or the day after. Unless you were a complete coward you wouldn’t kick up a fuss about which day it was — what difference could it make? Now recognize that the difference between years from now and tomorrow is just as small.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations (4.47)

We carry a false belief. Every one of us.

Perhaps it is out of fear.

Or indifference. Or ignorance.

But it is false. And a deception.

We believe death is out there.

Somewhere beyond the horizon.

Perhaps, if closer, waiting for someone else.

But not us.

Not now.

When the knock comes,

We will stagger in shock.

Studdering: Not now! Not for me!

And all those things we could have done.

Should have done.

Will be left undone.

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