CHAPTER 8

THE OTHER DOOR

No matter what we say or think, no matter what we do, what we try, time is passing. We will grow old, we will die. If we live long enough to experience the process of growing old, we will very likely begin to look very differently at the things we desired most, the goals that seemed so important when we were younger. This is obvious in the case of desires that depend on biological age, but it is also true, and perhaps much more important, with respect to things that have nothing to do with the biological condition of our bodies. The goals of fame, wealth and power, for example, which are not necessarily biologically determined, look very different when death, or—as it has been called—“the other door,” becomes more visible. ...

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