Thursday, April 1, 2010

Essay: "Asthma." Seneca.

“Asthma.” Seneca.

One-minute review: The experience of difficulty in breathing is like “rehearsing death.” But so what? We were dead before we were born and we will be dead after we live. So what?

“..with anything else [other ailments] you’re merely ill, while with this [asthma] you’re constantly at your last gasp.”

“Even as I fought for breath, though, I never ceased to find comfort in cheerful and courageous reflections.”

“…when in fact it [death] precedes as well as succeeds.”

“The man, though, whom you should admire and imitate is the one who finds it a joy to live and in spite of that is not reluctant to die. For where’s the virtue in going out when you’re really being thrown out.”

The Art of the Personal Essay. Ed. Phillip Lopate. New York: Anchor Books. A Division of Random House, Inc. 1995.

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