The Ways In Which We Depart And The Power Of Our Convictions

If it’s better to burn out than fade away, then why do most of us fade away? And isn’t burning out much the same as fading away anyway? What you really are trying to say (without having given much thought to it) is that it’s better to go out with a bang than with a whimper. And yet most of us still choose the whimper option. It takes guts to put your money where your mouth is. Or douse yourself with gasoline and strike a match just to make a point.

Vietnam Monk Self-immolates

Vietnamese Mahayana Buddhist monk who burned himself to death at a busy Saigon road intersection on 11 June 1963. Quang Duc was protesting the persecution of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese government led by Ngo Dinh Diem. Source: Wikipedia