Monday, January 21, 2013

Folklorist: Why death?


We think of murders as mysteries – problems to solve. Murder is an industry of storytelling, theater, cinema. We don’t, however, think of death itself as a mystery. We used to. Myth pondered death as a mystery, a story in need of a beginning, or an end. But now few give it much thought. Yes, we think about death. We don’t think why death. It’s taken for granted, inevitable. Why death? We might as well wonder why we don’t fly or breathe under water.

Just so. 

1 comment:

- IAN said...

Sometimes I wonder (and perhaps more appropriately) "why life." And boy am I happy that question is still a mystery!