For today's blog post, I turn to the wise words from a trifecta of wise men: two fictional, one not.
Brent's grandmother passed away earlier this week. Her funeral was yesterday. She was 90 and had been in failing health for months, so no, her death was not unexpected. Despite that, the grieving process for the rest of us here still on Earth is still rather bumpy and sad.
When someone has lived a fairly long life, I remember these quotes and take comfort:
"To the well-organised mind, death is but the next great adventure." - Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter)
"Death is just another path...one we must all take." - Gandalf the Grey (Lord of the Rings)
Death is a part of life, part of the cycle. We can't escape, and really, those who want to are unwise. Death is the welcome gift after a long, weary period of living.
Of course, these quotes are really only for those who are at the end of their lives. They don't speak much for the pain of unexpected death. For that sentiment, I turn my good ol' standby: The universe unfolds as it should...and I am not meant to understand everything it does.
However, I might also add this gem to my repetoire...by one of my ultimate favorites: Socrates.
To fear death, my friends, is only to think ourselves wise without being wise, for then we think we know what we really do not. Death may be the greatest good that can happen to some, but many men fear it as if it was the greatest of evils. And what is this but that shameful ignorance of thinking that we know what we do not know?
Indeed. Death may be the greatest good. We treat nearly always as if it is a horrible thing. What is that but a prideful, ignorant knowledge in something we do not know?