Benjamin Franklin on Mortality

It is the will of God and nature that these mortal bodies be laid aside, when the soul is ready to enter the real life. This is rather an embryo state, a preparation for living. A man is not completely born until he is dead. Why then should we grieve that a new child is born among the immortals…a new member added to their happy society?
We are spirits. That bodies should be lent us, while they can afford us pleasure, assist us in acquiring knowledge or in doing good to our fellow creatures, is a kind and benevolent act of God. When they become unfit for these purposes, it is equally kind and benevolent that a way is provided by which we may get rid of them. Death is that way.
Our friend and we are invited abroad on a party of pleasure, which is to last forever. His chair was ready first, and he is gone before us. We could not all conveniently start together; and why should you and I be grieved at this, since we are soon to follow, and know where to find him?

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