Musings on Aging and Death

A recent illness has forced me not to deny the facts of my apparent mortality any longer. Culturally, through a great deal of our entertainment industry, and throughout the arts, we engage to a large extent in a strenuous effort to deny death. I first became acutely aware of this when I read, 25 years ago, Ernest Becker’s Pulitzer Prize‐winning nonfiction book, The Denial of Death. It is a compelling treatise on the stratagems used culturally by our society and other societies to drive the fear of death from our conscious lives. There are very serious resistances which all of🔒

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Horatio C Wood IV, a retired physician specializing in psychiatry, is a member of Community Meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio. This is an abridgment of a paper that he presented at Haverford College on the occasion of his 50th reunion in 2000.

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