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On Wisdom: Principles: death

1. Experience without death is as unimaginable as experience without time.

2. Death is the sunlight that makes all things visible, the end that measures time, the music that moves us to compassion, the nothingness that brings us peace.

3. Life and death are one gift, as are joy and sorrow. One cannot esteem one without esteeming the other, just as one cannot regret one without regretting the other.

4. The experience of death, like the experience of birth, is unique. But otherwise it is merely an experience, like breathing, like falling asleep, like any loss of consciousness.

5. What happens after death, if anything, like what happened before birth, if anything, is unknowable and therefore fit for faith and speculation.

6. A life from birth to death, however, is complete, and therefore perfect, indelible, and everlasting.

7. Though fear of death is natural, the wise know that it is also irrational, and that only by embracing death can one live with dignity and understanding.

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1. Aristotle proposed a simple rule for acting wisely: moderation in all things except knowledge. He excepted knowledge because it was the one quality for which he could find no excess. But for every other quality, he said, there is a deficit and an excess, and wisdom lies in finding the mean between them. 2. So, for example, courage would be the mean

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On Wisdom: Principles: 
1. Ecstasy is the lightning that flashes whenever we get sufficiently close to being. 2. Like lightning, ecstasy is a flow of energy that cannot be long sustained, is dangerous, and is often accompanied by storms. 3. Again like lightning, however, ecstasy can be harnessed to create a more reliable, albeit feebler flow. The social instruments that harness ecstasy