death trivialized …

August 11, 2011

in Hospice & Palliative Medicine,Spirituality

… “On television, death is presented as a thrilling spectacle tailor-made for alleviating the general boredom of life. In the last analysis, of course, the covert aim of this reduction of death to the status of an object is just the same as with the bourgeois taboo on the subject. Death is to be deprived of its character as a place where the metaphysical breaks through. Death is rendered banal, so as to quell the unsettling question which arises from it … The repression of death is so much easier when death has been naturalized. Death must become so object-like, so ordinary, so public that no remnant of the metaphysical question is left within it.” Eschatology: Death and Eternal Life. Joseph Ratzinger. pp. 69-72.

read all of Ratzinger’s reflection here

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