Our penchant for denial. Especially of our mortality and the implications of this.

Finnish Perspective

It was customary for Master and Student go spend time each day walking along the paths that wound through the mountains around the
monastery. One day, while Master and Student were out walking, they came upon a cliff edge. Master boldly stepped to the very
edge of the rock and gazed lovingly at the valley below and the surrounding mountains. He then turned to Student, who was
standing quite safely back from the edge of the cliff, and said “Come closer so that you can see the beauty that is all around
us.”

“No thank you Master,” replied the student nervously. “I can see quite well from here.”

“Nonsense,” said Master. “You must come closer.”

“But I may fall. Please Master, I am afraid.”

“Trust me,” said Master. “I would not ask you to do anything that would harm you. Now come closer.”

Slowly the student edged toward the cliff…

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