Doubting Death

Still-Life with a Skull, vanitas painting. Philippe de Champaigne. Circa 1671.

“Day after day countless creatures are going to the abode of Yama, yet those that remain behind believe themselves to be immortal. What can be more wonderful than this?”

Yudhiṣṭhira, Mahābhārata, Aranya Parva (aka, Yaksha Prashna)

“… researchers say, our brains do their best to keep us from dwelling on our inevitable demise. A study found that the brain shields us from existential fear by categorising death as an unfortunate event that only befalls other people.

Ian Sample, “Doubting death: how our brains shield us from mortal truth,” The Gaurdian, 19 Oct 2019

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