Now death

August 3, 2008


As the topic of “friends” was something that appeared everywhere I looked a few weeks back, lately it has been “death.” I’ve had four friends die in the last month. Today Paul and I had lunch and we both seemed to dwell on dying, death, and maladies. It wasn’t that we normally chat about dark things, it’s just that it has been intensely present in both of our lives for the past few weeks.

In high school and college, I was obsessed about death and what happens “on the other side” or after death. This question drove me for decades to research what various religions, metaphysical traditions, and science had to say about the matter. I think that at this point, I’ve done my homework and am ready for whatever happens, whether it is the evolution of the soul, cosmic recycling, or pure extinction.

I got home from lunch with Paul and what was next on my DVD pile but THE BUCKET LIST with terrific performances by Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. The film is all about death from the point of view of two men who decide to do a Thelma and Louise in the last few months of their lives. and make a list of all the things they want to do, and do them before they kick the bucket.

I brought up the issue of planning for the disposing of your stuff before your death to several people this week and it was NOT a popular issue. I forget that we all have different tolerances about talking about death, and specifically, our deaths.

[Image: Father Time Overcome By Hope, Love]

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