Can I try to love someone? Try to tell the truth? Try to improve myself? Well, of course I can try, but trying is failing. Nothing I try to do returns the effort.
We are renewed (made new again) through death. This is as true for civilizations as it is for individuals. Reform, modification, more exercise, a better diet, good intentions and cosmetic procedures cannot make us new again. Were it not for death, we’d be zombies sleepwalking through an endless senility.
“The worst thing you can do is denigrate yourself. I hate it when I denigrate myself.”