Death is a demarcation line between something we know and something we don’t know. Many assumptions exist about what might happen afterwards, none of which can be proved, so thinking about them is pointless at best.

What we know for sure is that it defines the end of all possibilities we have as human beings. In that sense it has the potential to scare the shit out of many of us. So we push it away and ignore it for as long as we can. But what happens when we do this, is well described in the book [“The Top Five Regrets of the Dying”](

So let’s let it in. Let’s have a close look at this thing and find out what it can do for us.

The idea of actively allowing death into your thinking might seem strange until you start letting your decisions be guided by the question: “What if i knew i only had one year left? — How would this change my priorities?” — Of course this needs to be guided by a strong sense of a categorical imperative — but that’s imperative anyway and doesn’t need to be discussed.

I can guarantee that your life will be more intense and in a strange way you’ll discover that

death is full of life.

Thomas Schindler