"This is the Death whose particular sphere of operations is, well, not a sphere at all, but the Discworld, which is flat and rides on the back of four giant elephants who stand on the shell of the enormous star turtle Great A'Tuin, and which is bounded by a waterfall that cascades endlessly into space." Terry Pratchett - Mort
One of the most beautiful moments and speeches of the Discworld. Thank you Terry Pratchett.
Aside from the fact that Terry Pratchett is my fave writer of all time this is one of the best articulations of this view I have ever read. (for those interested this is Death talking to his granddaughter Susan)
This. Perfect. This is what annoys me about books where none of the main characters die--I know it's fiction, but c'mon, guys! Make it believable! If there is violence/a war/fighting/dangerous situations, etc in your story, and NONE of your MCs get hurt and/or die, that is SO unrealistic! Sometimes you have to kill your darlings, for the sake of writing a good story.