Perhaps Emily Dickinson has the best response:
Death is the common right
Of toads and men,--
Of earl and midge
Why swagger then?
The gnat's supremacy
Is large as thine.
One more response: When I was eleven years old my father took me to see the movie, “Patton.” We took the train to an ornate old theater in downtown Chicago. We rushed to settle into our seats and fixed our eyes expectantly on the plush, red velvet curtains that veiled a huge screen. As many of you know, the opening scene is "memorable." I have seen the film a number of times since then, but it is the final scene that sticks with me. General George S. Patton (George C. Scott) has just been relieved of command. Along with General Omar Bradley (Karl Malden), he walks across a vast plain with a picturesque windmill slowly turning in the background. Bradley goes back to headquarters leaving Patton alone to reflect upon his life and career. These are his final words:
For over a thousand years Roman conquerors returning from the wars enjoyed the honor of a triumph, a tumultuous parade. In the procession came trumpeters and musicians and strange animals from the conquered territories together with carts laden with treasure and captured armaments. The conqueror rode in a triumphal chariot the dazed prisoners walking in chains before him. Sometimes, his children, robed in white stood with him in the chariot, or rode the trace horses. A slave stood behind the conqueror holding a golden crown and whispering in his ear a warning that 'all glory is fleeting.'“All glory is fleeting.” “Everything that is to come will be futility. Rejoice, young man, during your childhood, and let your heart be pleasant during the days of young manhood. And follow the impulses of your heart and the desires of your eyes. Yet know that God will bring you to judgment for all these things. So, remove vexation from your heart and put away pain from your body, because childhood and the prime of life are fleeting,” writes the author of Ecclesiastes (Eccles. 11:8-10).
Having tried to “create himself” through the acquisition of knowledge, wealth, physical pleasure, power, and possessions—in other words, sensuality and stuff—he concludes: “The conclusion when all has been heard, is, fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person” (Eccles. 12:13).
Praise God that our consolation in death is His un-fleeting glory.