A Generation’s Worth – Die Wise, While There is Still Such a Thing as Wisdom – January 30, 2021
January 30, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
This is the ticket page for the first of four talks in the 2021 winter livestream series, titled A Generation’s Worth. Click here if you’d like to purchase the discounted bundle ticket for the whole series.
Die Wise, While There is Still Such a Thing as Wisdom
This is not a training, not a qualification, not something you might get for yourself instead of the standard schooling.
This is for anyone in the death trade, as worker or patient, now or in the time that’s been or in the time to come. It is for anyone who’ll fail to live forever. It is also for anyone haunted by the recurring murmur in the mind that says: There’s got to be another way – a wiser way – to do this.
A good death is everyone’s right. The idea makes no sense in a culture that doesn’t believe in dying at all. Grief is the radical etiquette needed by a death phobic, grief illiterate time. From a young age we see around us that grief is mostly an affliction, a misery that intrudes into the life we deserve, a rupture of the natural order of things, a trauma that we need coping and management and five stages and twelve steps to get over.
Here’s the revolution: What if grief is a skill, in the same way that love is a skill, something that must be learned and cultivated and taught? What if grief is the natural order of things, a way of loving life anyway?
Though addicted to security, comfort and managing uncertainty, this culture could learn to honour, teach and live grief as a skill, as vital to its personal, community and spiritual life as the skill of loving. In a time like ours, grieving is a subversive act. Dying can be – and must be – the fullest expression and incarnation of what you’ve learned by living.
How you die is the proving ground, the cradle, and the grave for every conviction you may have about justice and mercy, about the meaning of life, about what love should look like and what it should do.
This is a livestream talk. Ticket holders will be invited to submit questions in advance through an online form. These questions will be read and considered, and a selection of them will be asked of Stephen Jenkinson by a small in house audience. A live-from-the-floor video will be streamed to ticket holders using Zoom. Further details, links, question form, etc. will be sent to all ticket holders in a confirmation email. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of that email to see the links.
Tickets are available for individual evenings, or as a discounted package for all four. There are bound to be recurrences and linkages between each night, but they will stand alone and participation in previous nights is not required or assumed.
Individual tickets are $19.95 CAD ($79.80 when all four are purchased separately). When purchased together in the four-talk bundle, the cost is $69.95 CAD.
A technical note:
You’ve had a ton of “content” rammed your way these last months with just about every presenter tricked out in the latest broadcasting trinketry. That’s done something to expectations. This winter, health considerations are obliging me southwards. Because of that, this series will be conducted across iffy wiring, leaning on rural internet reliability — not the high voltage and velocity that is becoming commonplace in the metropolitan centres. We ask for your patience. This series is about ideas, not production values; citizenship, not cyberspace.