The Value of Achieving a Peaceful Death

  • Daniel Callahan


The ancient Greeks got the point long ago. At the core of human life is necessity. As the classical scholar William Arrowsmith1 nicely put it in explaining their perspective, “Call it destiny, call it fate, call it the gods, it hardly matters. Necessity is, first of all, death; but it is also old age, sleep, the reversal of fortune and the dance of life; it is thereby the fact of suffering as well as pleasure, for if we must dance and sleep, we also suffer, age and die.”


Advance Directive Fatal Illness Greek Tragedy Classical Scholar Excessive Pain 
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