This seems to be the most important of our tasks here on this planet — to go beyond, see through, pierce through image — facade, veneer, mask — to the truth of things. We are all prisoners of appearances, mistaking them for reality. All of us project these images — shielding, lying to ourselves — and buy them, make up, clothes, expensive cars and houses, lock stock and barrel. To begin on this very essential work all we need to do is see photographs of us then and now, see the arc of our lives from infant to old age, envision ourselves dead, which we will be, on the pyre or in the ground. Since this is an important subject I’ll do several posts on it.

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