Perhaps the deepest reason why we are afraid of death is because we do not know who we are

“Perhaps the deepest reason why we are afraid of death is because we do not know who we are. We believe in a personal, unique, and separate identity — but if we dare to examine it, we find that this identity depends entirely on an endless collection of things to prop it up: our name, our “biography,” our partners, family, home, job, friends, credit cards… It is on their fragile and transient support that we rely for our security. So when they are all taken away, will we have any idea of who we really are? Continue reading

I promise to do all I can to kick the shit out of option B

Sheryl Sandberg’s life-affirming tribute to late husband Dave Goldberg: ‘I want to choose life’

 Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg isi photographed at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.
Sheryl Sandberg knows she will never stop grieving for the loss of her husband Dave Goldberg, but one month after his sudden passing, she wants to choose life.”I think when tragedy occurs, it presents a choice. You can give in to the void, the emptiness that fills your heart, your lungs, constricts your ability to think or even breathe. Or you can try to find meaning,” Sandberg wrote in a heartbreaking and remarkable Facebook post on Wednesday.

This marks her most extensive and candid public comments since Goldberg, the beloved chief executive of SurveyMonkey, died suddenly from a severe head trauma while on vacation last month.

“These past thirty days, I have spent many of my moments lost in that void. And I know that many future moments will be consumed by the vast emptiness as well,” she continued. “But when I can, I want to choose life and meaning.”