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  • In another incident today, 10 people died in a terrible automobile crash.

  • There was a huge fireball

  • After days of torrential rain, the landslide completely buried the house, killing the inhabitants, 32-year-old

  • Shortly after take-off, the plane's left-hand jet blew up; passengers reported hearing a bang before

  • when the giant crocodile rushed to him and ate his leg in one bite

  • We all love watching news of disasters.

  • It's embarrassing, but true.

  • We like hearing about car crashes.

  • We really love plane crashes.

  • We're fascinated by landslides.

  • We quite enjoy train dropping incidents.

  • We're fascinated by deadly scorpions that bite holiday-makers, and we're really pretty gripped by crocodiles.

  • It all looks like the lowest distraction.

  • What monsters we are, rubbernecking the scenes of tragedy on the worst day of other people's lives.

  • But it isn't all trivial.

  • We're trying to get at something important by looking at tragedy.

  • We're trying, somehow, to keep in mind that life is fragile for all of us.

  • It might not be a plane crash that finishes us off, or a fierce crocodile;

  • it might just be a slow cancer or the gradual wearing away of time, but it will happen.

  • And yet our lives go wrong because we don't keep death in mind enough.

  • Death is the most terrible thing, but we can evoke the thought of death to evoke what life should be about.

  • It's this powerful fact that may be at the back of our minds when we rush to check up on the latest disaster.

  • We're not being ghoulish.

  • We're searching for the meaning of life.

  • We're reminding ourselves to do our hopes and talents justice in the time that remains.

  • The thought of death has the power not only to stir our fears,

  • but also to strengthen our resolve to appreciate more fully and use more wisely the present moment,

  • to reform our priorities, and to be kind, grateful, and serious,

  • in case tomorrow never comes.

In another incident today, 10 people died in a terrible automobile crash.

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