Landscapes of the Metropolis of Death is both a contemplation of these facts and a reflection upon living with them for decades.
contemplation and meditation are not just for monks and hermits.
Birthdays can be moments of contemplation, reexamination, and reinvention.
c.1200, "religious musing," from Old French contemplation or directly from Latin contemplationem (nominative contemplatio) "act of looking at," from contemplat-, past participle stem of contemplari "to gaze attentively, observe," originally "to mark out a space for observation" (as an augur does). From com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + templum "area for the taking of auguries" (see temple (n.1)).