In any man who dies, there dies with him his first snow and kiss and fight. Not people die, but worlds die in them. - Yevgeny Yevtushenko
Most people structure their lives in accordance to how they wish to feel about themselves right before they die. They want to leave this world believing that their life was worth living, that the universe has somehow improved within the brief moment in which they lived. People want to die in peace, resolved, proud of what they have accomplished with the time they had. Every particle of my being is nauseated, revolted by the thought of having wasted my entire existence towards the benefit of the instant of death. I will not die with grace. I will exit in the exact same fashion I entered: kicking and screaming, tears in my eyes, blood on my face, both fists clenched and ready for the fight.
“Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking.”
– Leo Tolstoy