my article on Illness and the Human Psyche
Yet deep in our psyche (soul, mind, spirit), we know the truth. We live in a fallen world where death and decay reign supreme. In spite of all our medical and technological advances, we barely extend our death rate over the biblical three score and ten. Those who do so often live with severe limitations and poor quality of life. Dylan Thomas underscores our fight against our mortality by writing:
Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.