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David Attenborough Doesn't Fear Death As Long As He Dies Quickly

Anish Vij

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David Attenborough Doesn't Fear Death As Long As He Dies Quickly

Even if you think that you’re covered, afterlife-wise, the inevitability of death can be pretty frightening for some of us. 

Well, it’s safe to say Sir David Attenborough isn’t scared one bit of passing away.

In a recent interview with CBS’s Anderson Cooper, he explains why. 

Cooper asked: “What are you most fearful of at this moment?”

To which, the 95-year-old responded: “Becoming helpless and gaga.”

When asked about fearing death, or not, Attenborough bluntly said: “No. 

“Not for the process, I’d just like it to be a quick process, thanks very much.”

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

In an earlier interview in 2019 with ABC, he was asked, yet again, about the subject. 

Similarly, he said: “No, I just hope it won't be painful - and I hope it won't be tiresome for others.”

Attenborough has also previously revealed the most heart-breaking moment of his career. 

Appearing on the Call of the Wild podcast, hosted by White Lines actor Cel Spellman, he was asked what was the most shocking of all the sights he has seen.

Attenborough replied: "I suppose the most obvious one that I remember particularly vividly, of course, is the first time when I went to a coral reef.

"I thought I was going to dive in, in eastern Australia on the Barrier Reef, and instead of seeing the most marvellous, beautiful, extraordinary, wonderful wonderland, it was a cemetery.

"It was just white, dead coral. And we were responsible."

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

In order to understand just how important it is that we protect our planet, Attenborough highlighted the importance of reconnecting with it.

He said: "I've never met a child older than three or four years who is not fascinated by the natural world.

"It's a thing that you and me and every other child, that you are amazed to see a slug suddenly move, in some miraculous way, over a stone with two little things sticking out at the front and finding its way on a bed of slime.

"I remember taking a godchild of mine, actually when they were about four, and he turned over a stone in the meadow and he said, 'Oh, look at that, what a treasure. It's a slug!'.

"And he was right. It's amazing. And of course, as you get older, you get interested in other things. You get cars and motorbikes and one thing and another. But if you lose that pleasure of finding joy in the natural world and wanting to know how it works, you've lost a huge treasure." 

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Topics: David Attenborough

Anish Vij
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