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Single Idea 7495

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / B. Value / 2. Values / e. Death]

Full Idea

If our fears did not lend it weight, dying would be one of our lighter duties.

Gist of Idea

Apart from the fear, dying is an easy duty


Michel de Montaigne (III.12 On physiognomy [1580], p.1191)

Book Reference

Montaigne,Michel de: 'The Complete Essays', ed/tr. Screech,M.A. [Penguin 1987], p.1191

A Reaction

An Epicurean thought. 'Duties' is nice - presumably death qualifies as a duty, because Nature requires it of us (we each of us 'owe nature a death'). The remark appears to me to be true.