our eternity

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: Translator's Note Our Eternity is a very considerable extension of the essay on Death which was published as a separate work in 1911 and which is now superseded by the present volume. Chapters IF to Fill are entirely new and the author has added largely to all the other chapters. The translation of those portions of the book which have already appeared in print has been revised from end to end. In the reports of conversations held through mediums at various spiritualistic sittings, I have quoted the ipsissima verba of the speakers. A. T. De M. Chelsea, 6 May, 1913. OUR ETERNITY CHAPTER I OUR INJUSTICE TO DEATH IT has been well said: "Death and death alone is what we must consult about life; and not some vague future or survival, where we shall not be. It is our own end; and everything happens in the interval between death and now. Do not talk to me of those imaginary prolongations which wield over us the childish spell of number; do not talk to me—to me who am to die outright—of societies and peoples ! There is no reality, there is no true duration, save that between the cradle and the grave. The rest is mere bombast, show, delusion! They call me a master because of some magic in my speech andthoughts; but I am a frightened child in the presence of death!"1 That is where we stand. For us, death is the one event that counts in our life and in our universe. It is the point whereat all that escapes our vigilance unites and conspires against our happiness. The more our thoughts struggle to turn away from it, the closer do they press around it. The more we dread it, the more dreadful it becomes, for it but thrives on our fears. He who seeks to forget it has his memory filled with it; he who tries to shun it meets naught else. It clouds everything with its sha...
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