“When we have done all the work we were sent to Earth to do, we are allowed to shed our body, which imprisons our soul like a cocoon encloses the future butterfly. And when the time is right, we can let go of it and we will be free of pain, free of fears and worries-free as a very beautiful butterfly, returning home to God.”
Overly religious? Nah…the kind of lucidy described by Balibar: “optimism of the will, pessimism of the intellect.”
A famous phrase whose origins I have to seek.
Here it is in a Unitarian sermon (!) that quotes Erich Fromm:
“in matters of life, — be it of the individual or of a society — it does not matter whether the chance for cure is fifty-one percent or five percent.