"It has been claimed that one can never look directly at the sun nor at one's own death.
And yet, throughout the history of mankind, both have been the enduring themes of myth and religion, science and magic, curiosity and fear.
From our [twenty-first century] vantage point we find that as the sun is understood as being the source of life in the natural order, so death is becoming recognized as the central dynamism underlying the life, vitality, and structure of the social order."
--Kearl, Michael. Sociology of Death and Dying.
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