A honeybee’s stinger is made of two barbed lancets. When the bee stings, it can’t pull the stinger back out. It leaves behind not only the stinger but also part of its digestive tract, plus muscles and nerves. This massive abdominal rupture is what kills the bee.
Death, at last, is a bore – no more than pulling a shade. We do not die all at once, generally, but piece by piece, little by little. The young die hardest and live hardest and understand nothing. But they are the most generous and the truest and better fit to lead than the cautious wise.