new voices: the one equalizing moment

Now for some, it is instantaneous. Perhaps a piano falls on you like a doomed cartoon character. Perhaps shot on the battlefield. Perhaps you are at the end of a long, beautiful life clutching the hand of someone you love.

I am not reliant on the promises of a heaven or the special planet of my own in a universe far far away. Death has never held power over me. It has always seemed like an inevitability. I have always said it is the one equalizing moment that every human being will share. Granted – we don’t get to sit around and talk about it. but rich, poor, affluent, powerless, devout christian, demon worshipper, dog lover, cat lover. We are all going to face this particular task at some point. Avoiding it is foolhardy.

I want to tell you about the beauty of that moment. It seems that everything is lik-