From: Tony Halmarack <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 05 Dec 1996 06:37:26 +0000
Subject: Re: And now for something completely different!
To: Subscribers to the mailing-list TWC-L <email@example.com>
In message <firstname.lastname@example.org> Kevin wrote:
> Well, now we've had a round of humour and fun and games
It is nearly Christmas you know!
> (don't stop though!),
Where've I heard that before?
> I thought it might be time to return to the matter in hand!
I rarely do anything else. Could it be lack of imagination?
> A view of death entirely alien to most of western culture is given by
> Pamela Travers in 'The death of AE: Irish Hero and Mystic' (pp 471-482,
> 'The Celtic Consciousness'). In particular, when AE (George William
> Russell) was told by the doctor that he had terminal cancer, he replied
> 'I have had a very interesting life, I have done nearly all the things I
> wanted to. I have rejoiced in the love of friends. What man could want
Admirable and probably enlightened but I can't help thinking that I'll
continue to want more right up to the final....
> Her account is highly instructive - he spent his last month saying
> goodbye to friends. He wound up with a housefull of guests, including
> Pamela Travers, the guests being the ones he most wanted to be there at
> the end. He then, by all accounts, made a point of dying well; rather
> than let death take him, he voluntarily walked into it.
> The whole essay is well worth reading. If anybody wants the publisher, I
> can look it up.
-- Tony Halmarack =*= Tony@halmarax.demon.co.uk