Christianity Today Eugene McCarraher
Breaking the marriage between heaven and earth.
On a sunny March morning in 1962, a taxi bearing Hannah Arendt collided with a truck as it sped across Central Park. Awakening in the ambulance, Arendt moved her limbs, rolled her eyes, and tested her memory by recalling decades, stanzas of poetry, and telephone numbers. As she later described the episode to her close friend Mary McCarthy, “for a fleeting moment I had the feeling that it was up to me whether I wanted to live or die.” While she “did not think that death was terrible,” she also thought that “life was quite beautiful and that I rather like it.”