An individual human existence should be like a river —

— advice for days to come:

The best way to overcome the fear of death—so at least it seems to me—is to make your interests gradually wider and more impersonal, until bit by bit the walls of the ego recede, and your life becomes increasingly merged in the universal life.

An individual human existence should be like a river: small at first, narrowly contained within its banks, and rushing passionately past rocks and over waterfalls. Gradually the river grows wider, the banks recede, the waters flow more quietly, and in the end, without any visible break, they become merged in the sea, and painlessly lose their individual being.

The man who, in old age, can see his life in this way, will not suffer from the fear of death, since the things he cares for will continue. And if, with the decay of vitality, weariness increases, the thought of rest will not be unwelcome. I should wish to die while still at work, knowing that others will carry on what I can no longer do and content in the thought that what was possible has been done.

— Bertrand Russell


7 Comments Add yours

  1. Gunta says:

    Thank you for this quote. A remarkable reminder. Happy 2019!

    1. Sigrun says:

      & to you ☺️

  2. Taija says:

    Such a beautiful quote. I wish you a very happy new year!Taija

  3. Katharine R Dreyfuss says:

    Wisdom encapsulated, beautifully expressed

  4. Gabriela says:

    The quote is definitely food for thought, but I’m loving that photo just as much! Thank you for sharing.

    1. Sigrun says:

      Thank you! I took this picture some years ago – there is something about the non-symmetrical-symmetry I quite like in it.

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