Know how to live or know how to die? Ulysses, Socrates and the Samurai

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If death is what opposes life, it is also true that only what lives dies. So that, far from being its opposite, death is rather what the life process ends in and definitively accomplishes. “Set of functions that resist death”, to use the words of doctor Bichat, life is the essence of the living. Nothing is more natural, necessary and ordinary than dying. However, death…