When is a Death a Tragedy?
"It was so tragic. She was so young. Cutoff before she experienced life."
"He was a strapping young man when he died. He was going to get married. He never got to experience the joy of having a family."
Have you ever heard words such as these? Indeed, have you ever experienced such an event? Quite possibly so. And such an occurrence is a true tragedy. Of course, just because a person dies young doesn't mean they were a "good person".
But there is another kind of tragedy.
"Yup, I can't feel bad for Old Joe. He lived a good, long life."
Where is there a tragedy in this? It is the very fact that Old Joe did live a good, long life. How's that?
Over a stretch of many decades, many people came to know Joe and love him. And they built on that love for dozens of years. They came to know him and his thinking in great detail. And the longer Joe lived, the more he loved life.
Yet, some might not think his loss was a tragedy. If you look at it from the perspective of loving interpersonal relationships, shouldn't the loss of a "good" older person be just as precious in our eyes? In fact, if we ourselves are older, we're losing part of our very world.
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