Death is the most profound and significant
fact of life: it lifts the very last of mortals
above the greyness and banality of life.
And only the fact of death puts the
question of life’s meaning in all it’s depth.
Life in this world has meaning only
because there is death: if there were no
death in our world, life would be deprived
Meaning is linked with ending. And if
there were no end, if in our world there
was evil and endlessness there would be
no meaning to life whatsoever.
The meaning of man’s mortal experience
throughout his whole life, lies in putting
him into a position to comprehend death.
Nikolai Berdyaev (1784 – 1948)