A Necessary Death


 

A key attribute of being human is the realization that you will one day die.

A key function of any religion/mythology is to help us deal with this awareness of death.

I believe we on this planet sense that we’re on a wild ride right now—a ride that’s going to get even wilder in the not-so-distant future.

Though I think we’ll survive this ride…

…it’ll probably feel like death.

It’ll feel like death because it will be a death—death to an old way of being, an old way of doing.

That’s why I believe we’ll develop a new mythology—a mythology to help us deal with this death.

We’ll deal with this death—we’ll become aware of this death, we’ll see why it’s necessary…

…because, ironically enough, if we resist it too much, we’re doomed.

© 2011, Michael R. Patton
rough audio

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About Michael Patton

I am a poet, novelist, essayist, cartoonist, graphic artist, peace miller, new mythologist, and fledgling world citizen.... I grew up in Northwest Arkansas and have lived and worked all over the United States.... I'm self-taught, for the most part--which is like searching for the right door in the dark. It's an on-going process.... I don't want to write MY story, I want OUR story, so that's what I'm studying: the human story: past, present, future, in its many aspects--including the spiritual. I'm proceeding at a slow crawl.... I don't see the inner world and outer world as separate. By learning about myself, I learn about others, I learn about my world.... Conversely, as I struggle to understand what I see OUT THERE, I learn about myself.... But to be clear: I don't claim any special understanding. I'm still purblind, still only half-awake.... After frustrating experience with the publisher of my first novel, I've published on my own, beginning with e-books, with plans to move into print and audio. Even video.... Along with a second novel, I've now published eight books of poetry. Each poetry book focuses on a theme. For instance, the collection GLORIOUS TEDIOUS TRANSFORMATION is about the slow difficult wonderful process of change.... In that book, as with all my work, I try to be accessible to a general audience, while also striving to achieve a certain literary quality.
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