Sunday, July 12, 2015

Andrew Marr started talking about Death

On the Andrew Marr Show this morning the left-wing luvvie slot was filled by Chiwetel Ejiofor (extra points added because of the "diversity" box that was ticked)

The usual format for these pieces is for Andrew Marr to talk about serious and deeply profound issues while the luvvie looks at him blankly and says "Yeah, Andrew... couldn't put it better myself... I was only thinking the same thing the other day..."

Anyway, this morning Andrew Marr started talking about Death.  How people never think about Death.  And yet how Death is inevitable.

Given his recent health issues, one can perhaps understand Andrew Marr's preoccupation.

But I think he is wrong to say that people never think about death.

Perhaps the metropolitan media elite think they are immortal, but those who live in the countryside are side by side with reminders that death is part of life ("...the wood as black as night, and the pheasant and the rabbit lay torn open at the throat...").

Above:  18th century tomb, the skull and bones and the hourglass running out.

Above:  medieval brass All you that do this place pass bye, Remember death for you will dye, As you are now even so was I, And as I am so shall you be.

Above:  medieval brass of a skeleton in a shroud, crawled over by worms ("though worms destroy this body yet in my flesh shall I see God"). 

And this morning at Sung Eucharist the verse:

And thou most kind and gentle Death,
Waiting to hush our latest breath,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Thou leadest home the child of God,
And Christ our Lord the way hath trod

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