Saturday, 26 September 2009

Insurance salesmen are good

...for something, anyhow. Heading my work email as a sponsored link, came the following quotation.
"I detest life-insurance agents; they always argue that I shall some day die, which is not so."
Stephen Leacock, Canadian economist & humourist (1869 - 1944)

On radio 3 the other day, the presenter asked an interviewee (paraphrased), 'This composer died so young: do you think that he was aware of his own mortality?' It was asked as if mortality was something which only afflicted those who die young. My answer would be, 'Pity the fool who is not aware of their own mortality.'

We should be aware of more than mortality, however:

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