Deep thoughts on death

Two neighboring passages in Satō Issai 佐藤一斎's Genshi shiroku 言志四録 (yes, again):


Who would know [what comes] after death should look at [what comes] before birth. Day and night are life and death. Waking and sleeping are life and death. Inhaling and exhaling are life and death.

Nothingness: it arises not from nothing, but from something. Death: one dies not in death, but in life.

Really I wanted to just say "Nothingness arises not from nothing," but then I would have had to say "Deaths are died not in death" or something equally horrible to maintain the parallelism.

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