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End of the World

"If I die, I die — fuck it — it's not the end of the world." —Albert Ellis

source:

The Human Condition: Ageless, Guiltless: The New Yorker

To: The New Yorker From: Dr. Albert Ellis October 9, 2003


I want to thank Adam Green for his story on my 90th Birthday party, "The
Human Condition. Ageless. Guiltless," in your October 13 issue. Despite his
limited space, he did a great job of describing me, my creation of Rational
Emotive Behavior Therapy, and my presentations of it at the Albert Ellis
Institute in New York.

I tried to correct a few errors in Green's article but my corrections were
not made. No catastrophe, of course, but to put the record straight, here
are some misstatements in your printed version:

? "A gastrointestinal infection almost killed him last year." No, it was in
May of this year.

? "Someone read a [congratulatory] e-mail from President Bush, then handed
the printout to Ellis, who glanced at it and let it drop to the floor."
This was not out of disdain for Bush's congratulation, but because I had too
many -- including favorable messages from Bloomberg, Schumer, and the
Clintons -- to keep holding them. I let them all drop to the floor beside my
chair.

? "'Freud was out of his mind,' Ellis said. 'He was as nutty as could be.'"
Not exactly. I said, "Freud was a genius, but some of his psychoanalysis
was as nutty as could be."

? "I don't damn any person, including Stalin, Hitler and President Bush."
Yes, but Green's article on me and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy forgot
to add, "I do damn and actively work against many of their thoughts,
feelings and behaviors."

-- Albert Ellis, Ph.D.


 

Comments

Albert Ellis was talking metaphorically when he said, "If I die, I die, screw it so I die."

Taken out of context, it means something totally different. In the context of the interview, he was talking about his fear of approaching women, and he decided to face his fear and talk to 100 women in order to get over this phobia. He was speaking of overcoming his fear, but not literally displaying a fuck it all attitude about death.

I don't think that quote is very admirable, especially considering how it's taken out of context like that. There are many people who I am concerned with looking after and how depend on me, so my own dead is not something that I take so lightly.

Why should I fear death? If I am, death is not. If death is, I am not. Why should I fear that which cannot exist when I do?—Epicurus

Are you sure the interview you're referring to was the only time he used the phrase or expressed the sentiment?

interview with Albert Ellis

Ellis: No, you don't remember, but everybody I ask says they don't remember the state they were in before they were conceived. I've heard it thousands of times. So I say that's exactly in all probability the state you're going to be in after you're dead. Dead as a duck. You're not going to feel anything, you're not going to be in pain or anything. Now why be afraid of that?

Heery: Are you afraid of it?

Ellis: Of course not.

Heery: It's just going to happen, right?

Ellis: So it's going to happen. Tough shit.

Heery: We don't know when, we might as well enjoy being here while we can.

Ellis: If I worried about death I wouldn't enjoy being here. I'd worry, worry, worry, oh, I'm going to die. So humans are all FBs, fucking babies, who...

Heery: Well, you're one of those people.

Ellis: ...who, they live for a certain while and make up gods, devils, Santa Clauses, and an afterlife, which is utter shit of the worst sort. Even the Buddhists make up an afterlife and they're pretty good as religions go. And they're afraid to die, die, die, when they're going to anyway.

interview with Albert Ellis

Ellis: No, you don't remember, but everybody I ask says they don't remember the state they were in before they were conceived. I've heard it thousands of times. So I say that's exactly in all probability the state you're going to be in after you're dead. Dead as a duck. You're not going to feel anything, you're not going to be in pain or anything. Now why be afraid of that?

Heery: Are you afraid of it?

Ellis: Of course not.

Heery: It's just going to happen, right?

Ellis: So it's going to happen. Tough shit.

Heery: We don't know when, we might as well enjoy being here while we can.

Ellis: If I worried about death I wouldn't enjoy being here. I'd worry, worry, worry, oh, I'm going to die. So humans are all FBs, fucking babies, who...

Heery: Well, you're one of those people.

Ellis: ...who, they live for a certain while and make up gods, devils, Santa Clauses, and an afterlife, which is utter shit of the worst sort. Even the Buddhists make up an afterlife and they're pretty good as religions go. And they're afraid to die, die, die, when they're going to anyway.

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