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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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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.