January 8th, 2009

diarmuid

Chin-stroking hmmmm....

I went to see what it would cost to renew my subscription to the WSJ, and yet... in all the years before where I renewed online, it's now telling me to call them up.

Mmmmhmmmmm..... not wanting to tell me a price, eh?

Well, we'll see if I renew then.
diarmuid

Father Neuhaus, RIP

Notice at First Things

A piece by Fr. Neuhaus: Born Towards Dying:
We are born to die. Not that death is the purpose of our being born, but we are born toward death, and in each of our lives the work of dying is already underway. The work of dying well is, in largest part, the work of living well. Most of us are at ease in discussing what makes for a good life, but we typically become tongue-tied and nervous when the discussion turns to a good death. As children of a culture radically, even religiously, devoted to youth and health, many find it incomprehensible, indeed offensive, that the word “good” should in any way be associated with death. Death, it is thought, is an unmitigated evil, the very antithesis of all that is good.

Death is to be warded off by exercise, by healthy habits, by medical advances. What cannot be halted can be delayed, and what cannot forever be delayed can be denied. But all our progress and all our protest notwithstanding, the mortality rate holds steady at 100 percent.


As an actuary, I can confirm that last sentence.