It’s often said that humans have a unique appreciation for death, compared to other animals, due to our advanced consciousness. I wonder if it’s not the opposite. So often we don’t live life to the fullest because of our abstraction of death. We can pass for months or even years in our safe, sheltered houses, doing minimal labor to get remotely packaged foods, with the only fears being what other humans think of us. Non-human understanding of death is probably more intuitive, but seems to be much more appreciative. Humans seem to appreciate death – and therefore life – the most when actually confronted by it. When it leaves the abstract and becomes real. I think death can be looked at optimistically, and ultimately happily, but it probably does good to consider it – and life itself – more often, in all of its light.