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Woody Allen does not like getting old. “It’s a bad business,” he says. “It’s a confirmation that the anxieties and terrors I’ve had all my life were accurate. There’s no advantage to aging. You don’t get wiser, you don’t get more mellow, you don’t see life in a more glowing way. You have to fight your body decaying, and you have less options.”

Allen believes there is only one way to handle the horror of mortality: distraction. It was the same when he was 20. “You are always walking with an abyss right under your feet; they can be hoisting a piano on Park Avenue and drop it on your head when you’re 20.”

Allen’s solution to worrying about death is to distract himself with work and play. The Christian solution is to prepare oneself for the inevitable. --Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell

The Week, October 19, 2012 p. 8

Hebrews 9:27 (HCSB) And just as it is appointed for people to die once—and after this, judgment—

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