Birth and death are vegetative processes of matter.
When the mechanical philosophy that is science looks at this process only, it will never find the meaning of life.
Life is a continuing process outside of these things and becomes evident only in love.
vale Reg Presley
Another who is facing the end of this process is Wilko Johnson, guitarist with the seventies band Dr. Feelgood.
He knows he is dying and he knows that chemotherapy would give him an extra couple of months, at the most.
But at what cost? Everything I have read or heard about chemotherapy suggests that it is worse than the disease.
Wilko has rightly refused the treatment and decided to go out in style doing what he loves; on tour playing music with his band.
You can listen as Wilko talks about his terminal cancer in this BBC interview.
And here he is in his pomp with the distinctive staccato rhythmic delivery and the stage strut, which a friend of mine once said reminded him of a clockwork penguin
(The singer Lee Brilleaux also died young at the age of 41 in 1994.)