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    What does "One near death, one near birth"mean?

    The above is a saying or a proverb I found in an aritcle, please tell me what it means.

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    Re: What does "One near death, one near birth"mean?

    Near death, one's life is about to end (the last generation); near birth, one's life is about to begin (the next generation).

    Does that help?

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    Re: What does "One near death, one near birth"mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by AUTOMOON View Post
    The above is a saying or a proverb I found in an aritcle, please tell me what it means.
    I don't think it's a saying or a proverb, but I have a feeling I've heard it before - maybe in a film script? 'Near death' is a common collocation, especially in the phrase 'near-death experience' (I put the hyphen in to signify that near and death are bound up in a single adverbial idea). 'Near birth' isn't at all common - which makes me think some witty modern commentator may have been involved. Woody Allen?

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    Re: What does "One near death, one near birth"mean?

    I believe it's in answer to a stats question, if the world's population were represented as 100 people, there would be...

    If you were to shrink the earth's population down to a village (or neighborhood) of 100 people, while still maintaining the same categorical ratios as now exist in the world as a whole, you'd be living in a community quite different from the one you're in right now. "There would be ... source

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    Re: What does "One near death, one near birth"mean?

    If I should philosophise:

    Some say that to die is to be born again into another dimension. 'death' could imply 'birth', and 'near death' is being 'near birth', only into another form of life, if there is any...

    (If) one (is) near death, one (is) near birth (as well).

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    Re: What does "One near death, one near birth"mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by bianca View Post
    'death' could imply 'birth', and 'near death' is being 'near birth', only into another form of life, if there is any...

    (If) one (is) near death, one (is) near birth (as well).
    That's a good point; however, the meaning we're dealing with (post #1) is literal, not figurative. If the world's population were represented as 100 people, then one [person] (1% of the population) is near death (about to die), one [person] (1% of the population) is near birth (about to be born).

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