The fifteenth-century morality play Everyman tells of a man confronted by death, deserted by friends, family, wealth, strength, beauty, his wits-finally only knowledge and good deeds accompany him to the end, after he has received the last sacraments. This is “a pilgrimage he must take which cannot be escaped.” It is a grim and rather predictable tale, but the idea that it is true for all of us is at once obvious and scary; we want to...
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