I’m reading a book at the moment by the author, Julian Barnes, called Nothing to be Frightened Of, to prepare for an interview I’m doing with him. The book blurb tries to play it down, but the book is the musings of Barnes on the subject of death. One bit that struck me was a quote used in the book, that we can’t ever imagine our own death. It is said that even inmates on death row hearing their friends die, still can’t quite believe they themselves can die.
I was struck also recently by the death of Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid as portrayed in the film, where they are killed as they charge unawares into a whole troop of soldiers. Death often knocks when we least expect it.
Hmm. It’s a bit of a no no in conversation isn’t it. We don’t talk about it. Like sex and politics it’s a subject best avoided.
So do you think we should talk about death more, or are we right to hold it at arms length? To place it out of sight and hope that it stays a long way off from impacting our world? Or would it help if people talked about it more?