"The tree of life does not give us immortality, it gives us awareness. It wakes us up to the infinite potential of life and the ever-present miracle of our existence. Our days are numbered, but every moment is a new creation to be experienced to the fullest. The incense wakes us to life. When we eat from the tree of wisdom, it doesn't bring death, it brings the awareness of our mortality. When we eat from the tree of life, it doesn't bring perpetual life, it makes the life we have holy. Life and death are not opposite, they are irrevocably intertwined. Death gives life its sacredness and life gives death its dignity. Death is not just a gift to the dying, it's a gift to the living because it teaches us the preciousness of life."
-Excerpt from an essay by Stuart Berman