On the Soothing and Consoling Side of Death
In which The Gay Recluse reflects on those who died on 9/10 and 9/12.
Every year on 9/11, our thoughts inevitably drift to those who died on 9/10 and 9/12.
And whether their deaths were any more or less tragic than those so aggressively memorialized.
Those who try to elevate themselves on the shoulders of the dead always sound shrill and artificial.
They forget that in death, we are all equal.
And on some level, everyone understands this.
This is another example of how our culture has devolved.
In some ways — thanks to medicine and technology — death is more remote to us than it has ever been.
So perhaps it should not be surprising that — by the same token — it has never been more misunderstood.
As death, when we consider it closely, is the true goal of our existence, I have formed during the last few years such close relations with the best and truest friend of mankind, so that his image is no longer terrifying to me, but is indeed very soothing and consoling! And I thank my god for graciously granting me the opportunity (you know what I mean) of learning that death is the key to our true happiness.
–Mozart, in the year 1764 and at the age of 18 in a letter to his father
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