If I’ve performed my function adequately, my words will outlive me by a decent margin. I don’t really care if my fruit rots with my corpse or outlives me by millennia, but there’s a pretty good chance that you’re reading this after I’m dead.
I don’t think about my death much which is weird because I used to think about it a lot. I used it like a talisman, a totem of power, more real than reality itself. During my journey it was very important to me that I kept death out front of me where I could see it, not skulking in the shadows as if it wasn’t there. This is not because I’m a morbid person but because death-awareness is central to the journey of awakening. It has to do with always knowing the stakes of the game; what’s on the table. It’s the difference between going all in and hedging your bets. This is for all the marbles, not for the faint of heart. Whatever you hold back will hold you back.
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