At a young age we are all exposed to some version of the same cartoon lesson. For me it was Looney Tunes, good old Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. The lesson is this: at any moment an anvil can fall from the heavens and land on your head causing serious injury or death.
Well surely this is an exaggeration, after all it is a cartoon and anvils generally don’t fall from the sky and land on people – actually, I don’t think I have ever even seen an anvil in real life. Today, the anvil is a metaphor for the death that comes out of nowhere and catches us by surprise, possibly killing us or someone we care about.
So what do we do? Do we live in perpetual fear of the anvil, making sure to isolate ourselves indoors with a roof over our heads so that it cannot claim us or those we love? This seems unreasonable at best. In today’s world we are constantly reminded by the threat of death in the form of COVID-19. Every time we turn on the news, listen to a government official, or talk to a neighbor the looming threat of death is emphasized – as if the anvil had completely blotted out the sun leaving us to live in it’s shadow, a ‘new normal’.
The thing is, this isn’t a ‘new normal’. The anvil has always been there, whether we have realized it or not. Death is a part of Life. If we live our lives in fear of death, we cease to actually live.
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