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He Spends 2 Minutes Making Death Not Scary, And We Could All Take A Listen

Stephen Fry's monologue is so lovely. And it's pretty good advice for life too.

He Spends 2 Minutes Making Death Not Scary, And We Could All Take A Listen

There's no way 'round it. Death visits us all.

But wait! Thinking about death is actually a pretty useful way to think about life.


A humanist point of view says that we should rationally assess beliefs about an afterlife.

There isn't any clear evidence of life after death, but more importantly, would we want it? Would we want to leave our bodies behind and continue on forever?

If we think about what makes life good — like love, communication, or warm sunshine — it's pretty clear we need bodies to experience those pleasures.

And even the most wonderful things, like cake, would stop being so great after 10 pieces (or maybe 20).

So perhaps it's important that we accept the end of things, including death, along with the sadness of loss. It's a natural part of being alive.

Instead of focusing on an unknown afterlife, we can focus on the one life we know we have. And we can do all we can to make it great.

There's more, but listen to Stephen Fry tell you himself:

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Davina Agudelo was born in Miami, Florida, but she grew up in Medellín, Colombia.

"I am so grateful for my upbringing in Colombia, surrounded by mountains and mango trees, and for my Colombian family," Agudelo says. "Colombia is the place where I learned what's truly essential in life." It's also where she found her passion for the arts.

While she was growing up, Colombia was going through a violent drug war, and Agudelo turned to literature, theater, singing, and creative writing as a refuge. "Journaling became a sacred practice, where I could leave on the page my dreams & longings as well as my joy and sadness," she says. "During those years, poetry came to me naturally. My grandfather was a poet and though I never met him, maybe there is a little bit of his love for poetry within me."

In 1998, when she left her home and everyone she loved and moved to California, the arts continued to be her solace and comfort. She got her bachelor's degree in theater arts before getting certified in journalism at UCLA. It was there she realized the need to create a media platform that highlighted the positive contributions of LatinX in the US.

"I know the power that storytelling and writing our own stories have and how creative writing can aid us in our own transformation."

In 2012, she started Alegría Magazine and it was a great success. Later, she refurbished a van into a mobile bookstore to celebrate Latin American and LatinX indie authors and poets, while also encouraging children's reading and writing in low-income communities across Southern California.

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As people get older, social isolation and loneliness become serious problems. Many find themselves living alone for the first time after the death of a spouse. It's also difficult for older people to maintain friendships when people they've known for years become ill or pass away.

Census Bureau figures say that almost a quarter of men and nearly 46% of women over the age of 75 live alone.

But loneliness doesn't just affect those who reside by themselves. People can feel lonely when there is a discrepancy between their desired and actual relationships. To put it simply, when it comes to having a healthy social life, quality is just as important as quantity.

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