Sunday, August 23, 2015


Living with Death

Donald Richie (1924-2013), Journals (September 28, 1973):
How well the Japanese live with death, and consequently life. There was no hypocrisy in this simple ceremony I have taken part in: neither the hypocrisy of exaggerated respect, nor that of unnatural solemnity; there was no talk of a better life he had gone to; no talk of well, seeing as how he was so sick perhaps it was better so, etc. No such talk at all and — consequently — compassion.

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