Shots of Wit

A regular posting of witticisms, aphorisms, and general musings by Clifford Cohen.

Cheating death…

You can only cheat death for so long…until death catches you cheating.

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This is why attempting to cheat death is, ultimately, a futile exercise. The key to understanding this aphorism is in understanding what “cheating death” means: when you place yourself in an irresponsibly risky situation with the understanding that you are going to try to survive that situation despite its risks, you are attempting to cheat death. Death may not see you at first, but eventually it will catch a glimpse of you out of the corner of its eye…and taking an interest in what’s going on, it will investigate, observe, and then do what it was hired to do.

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