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Single Idea 20268

[catalogued under 24. Applied Ethics / C. Death Issues / 1. Death]

Full Idea

The act of dying is not as significant as the universal awe of it would have us believe, and the dying person has probably lost more important things in life than he is now about to lose.

Gist of Idea

Most dying people have probably lost more important things than what they are about to lose

Source

Friedrich Nietzsche (Dawn (Daybreak) [1881], 349)

A Reaction

He says this is a thought about death which we tend to repress. It would depend on the life, I should think, but it is probably right in very many cases.

Book Reference

Nietzsche,Friedrich: 'Dawn (Daybreak)', ed/tr. Smith, Brittain [Stanford 2011], p.202