Deborah Golden Alecson | The Sun Magazine

Deborah Golden Alecson

Deborah Golden Alecson is a retired professor of thanatology who lives in the Berkshires. She’s the author of four books of nonfiction and poetry.

— From April 2021
The Sun Interview

This Mortal Coil

Sheldon Solomon On How Fear Of Death Affects Our Lives

I don’t think it’s an overstatement to say that almost everybody on earth is currently more aware than usual that they’re going to die. . . . People are becoming more racist, xenophobic, and willing to engage in hate crimes than they were in the recent past, for example. But being reminded that we’re going to die can also bring out the best in us, making us more altruistic — at least, toward people we consider to be part of our group.

April 2021
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