Knowing we will die, how shall we live? The reality of our dying does not create these questions. Nor can our dying answer them. Rather, a clear perception of our death forces us to consider our life as something worth living; an active, creative, passionate event. "Life is impermanent," says Thich Nhat Hanh. "It is precisely because of its impermanence that we value life so dearly."

Wayne Muller in How, Then, Shall We Live?