In his famous “Letter”, Epicurus writes to his young friend Menoeceus that “Death is nothing” — either to fear or to hope for.1 This counsel further suggests that death is not something one can claim as his/her own, and that even its contemplation brings “a craving for immortality”, and so, loosens the fragile hold we have on the life of the soul.
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Kimmel, L. (1990). Death, and the Elemental Passion of the Soul: An Ancient Philosophical Thesis, with Poetic Counterpoint. Analecta Husserliana, 28, 389-397.