Since this blog post is about death, I have decided to feature one of the oldest and most famous icons in history: The grim reaper. Throughout history, this imaginary figure has personified death. And what a powerful image! Wielding his sickle, he “reaps” his harvest of human beings, cutting us all down (eventually) like blades of grass.
Before the modern area, which ushered in antibiotics and modern medicine, the grim reaper was ever-present, cutting down humans of all ages. You were as likely to be his victim if you were young as old. Most parents lost a few young children to his insatiable appetite for fresh crops.
In the modern era, we have gotten use to the idea that death (usually) befalls only the old. The grim reaper today prefers mature crops, and leaves the young, green shoots to grow.