[The following excerpted is from Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life. Written by and starring Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin. Directed by Terry Jones. Produced by John Goldstone. 1983. 105 minutes. Made by the Monty Python Partnership. As listed on The Basket of Tolerance by Adi Da Samraj.]
Questions for consideration:
- Do you think intellectual discourse, politeness, putting a positive spin on things, keeping busy, having a busy social calendar, or nonstop online social networking will prevent you from having to deal with death and loss?
- When we find out that death and loss are real, do our priorities change?
- My spiritual teacher once suggested that profound anxiety and neurosis occur when people culturally agree to pretend that death and loss do not exist. This may seem counter-intuitive, but do you think it could be true?