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Death is inevitable and to think otherwise is to live against one’s instincts

Death is inevitable and to think otherwise is to live against one’s instincts Death is inevitable and to think otherwise is to live against one’s instincts
Source: Orest Kiprensky, Young Gardener (1817)
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[...] With our American focus on youth, and our medical system regarding death as some sort of “enemy” to be defeated, we do not regard death as either an “art” or something one might try to do “well.” Given the profound materialism of our culture, with its stress on the tangible, the body, and the physical plane, few people indeed give much thought to death, other than to shudder at the prospect.

But Carl Jung was much wiser than contemporary American culture. He recognized that death is inevitable and to think otherwise is to live in denial. More than just denial, it means [...] living against one’s instincts. Rather than ignore or try to deny death, Jung suggests we view it as a goal—the destination of the journey of the second half of life. Just as we gather our things and pack for a trip, so we need to make preparations for our journey into death. 

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