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ARE WE BORN TO DIE?

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The responses of biblical wisdom do not differ much form those of other profane or secular wisdom. A discipline in some universities is dedicated to the study of death, called Tanatology. It studies the different ways of looking at death based on various cultures and religions.


Epicurus said that death is a false problem. He said: “When I am (alive) death is not yet here; when I die, then I am no longer here.” So we do not need to be on guard. It is enough not to think of it. 


St. Augustine anticipated the modern philosophical reflection on death. “When a person is born, there are so many guesses: will he be handsome or ugly, rich or poor; will he live long or not… But it is not said: will he die or not die. This is the one thing absolutely certain in life.


“When we know that someone is sick of enema (incurable in his time), we say: What a poor man! He must die! He is condemned; there is no remedy. But should we not say the same of one who is born?: What a poor man, he m…

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