A key purpose of All Souls Day (the second of November) is to remember all those dead souls who need our rememberance. This is a very democratic contrast with the preceding All Saints Day where the focus is on more illustrious people.
George Bernard Shaw died at the age of 94 on All Souls Day in 1950 from renal failure. This was a result of injuries sustained when he fell while pruning a tree. Only two people have ever won both a Nobel Prize for literature and an Oscar. Shaw was the first. Bob Dylan was the second.
One of Shaw’s many famous peices of thought is this idea: “Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.”
Modern western societies are now trashing very hardwon liberties out of fears which I believe constitute mass psychosis.
Lest we forget that life based on knowledge is always better than living in fear.
Geoff Fox, All Souls Day, 2021, Terra Nullius.