Reader comment on Elizabeth Kubler-Ross's passage ...
On Nov 18, 2009 nuschke wrote:|
re Naumadd's comments.
I think your ideas and the blurb from Kubler-Ross are not in actual opposition.
Another way to express the point is to say that we tend to carry an unconscious, general attitude of "eternalism" - i.e. we don't live as if life will end. Because we don't have a sense of impermanance (which is an accurate, true sense/view), we do not fully experience our lives, see the sunset, taste the apple. Rather, we experience through a cloud of conception, that worries about the past and future.
So fully tasting the apple or seeing the sunset is the same as experiencing life from the insight/view of impermanence. Just two ways of saying the same thing.
So it is not a "focus on death" but a relinquishment of the cacoon of eternalism that I think is the point.