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Death - Its Meaning


"Men fear death," said Lord Bacon, "as children fear the dark." We regard death with fear and repulsion because it breaks the continuity in our lives. Yet if we consider it simply and quietly, is it not actually a phenomenon which is as natural as birth? It is taking place all the lime around us. The leaves fall from the trees and fresh leaves spring in their places. The cells of the body die by the million and new cells are manufactured and take their places. Every form of life perishes and yields place to a new. So universal, natural and apparently necessary a phenomenon cannot be devoid of a deep significance. Life exists in the midst of death. Look at any living form, whether an animal, a tree or a human being. There are always in that form forces which build up and forces which cause disintegration and decline.

From the Canadian Section

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