The Consequences of Death to One’s Good Life

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1 Wolff Stefan Wolff Ms. Laurel Harbin IDS2935 29 November 2010 The Consequences of Death to One’s Good Life As our study of “What is the Good Life” come to a close, it becomes fitting to focus on what happens at the closing of a good life, to address the issue of death and its role in our definition and ultimate quest for the ever-elusive “Good Life.” And though “death” is one of the most defining events in a person’s life, it is the one that is the least understood: written about in theory but never with any concrete evidence: the supreme arbiter. As we, individually, come to terms with the fact that we have no true knowledge of what is to come, our focus then shifts to what is left behind, the consequences of your death to not only your Good Life, but more importantly of those still living theirs. As a rule of thumb, death usually connotes sadness, anger, pain, and a host of generally negative emotions over the loss of life, timely or otherwise. But the consequences from death are not always negative, in some cases even creating “more good” for the Good Life. In his acceptance speech for the 1971 Nobel Prize in Literature, Pablo Neruda describes his life’s work, including his acceptance speech, as being a “long journey.” The journey, he explains, compelled him to write a poem, finding the necessary “components” along the way, specifically those “from the earth and from the soul.” In his
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