The chorus of The Bravery's song, This is Not the End, goes like this:
Not even earth can hold us
Not even life controls us
Not even the ground can keep us down
The memories in my head
Are just as real the time we spent
You'll always be close to me, my friend
This is not the end
In my own way, according to my circumstances, I feel like I understand this more now.
It's a matter of specificity when it comes to communicating such an ending event.
This is not THE end.
This is THIS end.
I feel myself becoming increasingly concerned with such minute linguistic details
and wonder if it has the potential to eventually get me in trouble with other people.