‘Among the greatest things that can ever happen to a person’ – Rainer Maria Rilke
We are bound to ask, ‘Why did Rilke hold the Epic of Gilgamesh in such high regard?’
The answer may be uncomfortable…
In a letter to a friend he confided that he regarded the story an Epic on The Fear of Death.
The first written story known to humanity deals with last things!
And why shouldn’t it?
Part of who we are and why we are here is intimately caught up with precisely this psychological crisis.
There may be as many answers to such a crisis as there are individuals attempting to overcome it, or the crisis may resolve itself into a straight choice between two psychological movements:
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