Death is a human construct. Animals don’t fear or crave it. They just kill and they just die. Of course they mourn, but they don’t lament their own death. Dream of it. Fear it.
We created death. We gave it to the devil and said, death is evil, we want to live forever. This is the curse of self awareness.
My dog always lives in the moment.
I always live in one of three, past, present, future.
She is happy, or sad or sleeping. She is not fearing her death. Fearing the future. She is not in pain. She has cancer.
When I got the news I was not upset. I love her but I said “ok.” Because death is not the devil, death is a human construct.
So is my heart cold because I am not sad? Because I am not afraid of a future without her? No, my heart is full. Tell me my dog will die in the future and I will say, “well I already knew that.” But here she is and here I am, and that has still not changed. She is happy napping and running in her sleep, and I feel the gentle breeze.
Where does dying start and living end? The reality is, we are all dying and living at the same time. They exist not one at a time, but simultaneously.
Tell me I am dying and I will say “yes, and living, and when I am dead I will be dead.” And she is dying, and so are you, and she is living, and so are you. We are all living and dying until we are dead, and then there is no more dying to be done.