Reflections on Collective Confrontations on Death

The Fear of Death

There’s no easy way to talk about the reality of death. Most of us live in denial of death starting from a young age and the dominant cultural paradigms reinforce this tendency. We may attempt to escape from the undeniable reality of death by engaging in countless forms of entertainment and distraction or chasing that ever-elusive future that never comes. Our culture also encourages strong identification with one’s persona or the mask we present to the world, while neglecting the most hidden, sacred parts of the psyche. We may confuse the mask with the deeper self. However, the individual may come face-to-face with a deeper self through confrontations with the shadow, unknown aspects of the self through accidents, illness, vivid dreams, a close brush with death, or the loss of a loved one. 

In day-to-day

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