TO GET OLD
Getting old is natural. All of us are approaching death, but we don’t have to fear it- the Roman philosopher Marcus Aurelius wrote in his famous “Thoughts for myself” that death is a natural process and we don’t have to fear anything which is natural.
But today getting old is sometimes less natural. Our way of life enables us to live longer, much longer- so much longer that we trespass the limits of Nature, without always being conscious of it.
Thus, more people suffer from illnesses like Alzheimer, Parkinson or Cancer. I don’t say that those illnesses are necessarily modern- I just mean to say that their numbers are growing in what seems close to an exponential curve. So, perhaps we have challenged death but when we leave the realm of Nature, to enter a state beyond Nature, the price we have to pay seem somehow too high.
I know that apparently I am not in control of my destiny, but I want to grow old naturally and to go when I’ll have to go. I would like to die healthy, without illness. I want to die conscious, being myself and not a shadow of what I am today. I want to die naturally, so that I wouldn’t have to fear death.
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