We have a desperate need as human beings to understand reality, and we go to desperate ends to avoid that reality. The curious thing is that when you do look at reality and face it, it is no longer fearsome.
“What a gift it is to enjoy good company through the epochs of life. And you've briefly illustrated what a gift I'm sure it must have been, Mr. Cowie, to have shared such company with Mr. Becker . . .”