I don't like death either Tom, I have a most wonderful partner, we have been together for nearly 30 yrs now and we both know one of us will bury the other, a sad thing to envisage. I don't get to depressed if I think about it, I just try harder to enjoy every minute that I have with her. We are here only for a short vacation we have to return home some time.
Here's Chuang Tsu famous text from the Inner Chapters
“How can I tell if the love of life is not a delusion? How can I tell whether a man who fears death is not like a man who has left home and dreads returning? Lady Li was the daughter of a border guard of Ai, when the Duke of Chin first took her, she wept until her dress was soaked with tears but once she was living in the Dukes palace, sharing his bed and eating delicious food she wondered why she had ever cried. How can I tell if the dead are not amazed they ever clung to life?
Those who dream of a great feast may weep the next morning. Those who dream of weeping may enjoy the hunt the next day. While they dream they do not know they are dreaming, they may even interpret their dreams while they are dreaming. Only after they awake do they know it was a dream. By and by there will be a great awakening, and then we will know that this is all a great dream. All the while the fools think they are awake, appearing to understand things calling this man ruler and this man herdsman! How stupid! You and Confucius are both dreaming and when I say you are dreaming I am dreaming too.”
all the best Tom
“We learned a lot about the moon, but we really learned was about the earth, the fact that just from the distance of the moon you could hide the earth behind your thumb, everything you have ever known, your loved ones, your business, the problems of the earth itself all behind your thumb and how insignificant we all are but then how fortunate we all are to have this body and to be able to enjoy living here amongst the beauty of the earth itself, it truly is an oasis and we don’t take care of it. “ J. Lovell 'Astronaut'