How Men Die
Jack Preston King

Very powerful and worthy of serious male-female conversation and conversations about other relationships as well if we are to overcome a life of pain. Your scenario accurately mirrors the pain and suffering of relationships when we don’t know how to respond, only to withdraw and “die.” It is your perfect use of the word “diminishing” that speaks to the heart of what made me feel your pain like it was yesterday when my relationships failed. Words that diminish attack the soul, which I believe is what Shakespeare first alluded to in Julius Ceasar from the standpoint of the brave who is able to confront the diminisher/abuser: “A coward dies a thousand times before his death, but the valiant taste of death but once. It seems to me most strange that men should fear, seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come.”

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