Saturday, June 27, 2009

Okay I'll Bite Damn It

This is shameless of me, I've actually decided that since so much about death is being fed through all media I should naturally do likewise. That said, on with the show:

IMHO: Death is the best part of this journey - you have no idea where you're going or what you'll look like or who you'll meet or what you'll think or even if you'll be able to. Isn't that exciting? Why don't more people find that ... a wonder?

Imagine if we didn't put these ridiculous large heavy carved stones over the dead who lay useless underground: if you didn't know they were there, you might not have to think about them as dead, you just MIGHT be able to think of something else. WHY do we memorialize the dead? I understand having memories but this ritual is just wasteful. How did this habit get so popular?

Thank you and goodnight Farrah, Michael, and the nameless tens of thousands who also died in the last week. HAPPY TRAILS TO YOU! MIRACULOUS JOURNEY! SAY HI TO EINSTEIN! GIVE JESUS MY BEST! KISS MOTHER TERESA FOR ME! TELL POPE CLEMENT HE WAS A FOOL! HEY MOM - HEY DAD - CAN'T WAIT TO BE WHATEVER YOU TURNED INTO! CAN'T WAIT TO COME BACK FOR MORE....

LIFE and DEATH and LIFE and DEATH and . . . .

19 comments:

Missy said...

I still can't find it in me to celebrate death... it just seems so horrible and final..

Amy said...

When I go, I don't care what I'm gonna look like as long as there are sweets involved somehow.

Joann said...

I think I'd really be scared of death if I didn't have my faith. I'm positive of where I'm going to end up, and I do celebrate for those who have gone before me. When I think of my dad and my uncle, I'm envious, because I just KNOW they are in such a wonderful place, but my turn will come... and when it does, I hope that my family and friends will rejoice with me, for I'll be having dinner with Jesus that night!!

tony said...

I,m just begining to read a book by Anthony Peake called The Daemon .Its interesting to Me.I dont fully understand yet everything he says but one strand is his theory that we dont die.rather,'Time' dies/slows down so much it never 'ends'for us!
.The idea about us reliving our Past in the very last moments before Death is taken a step further.Time 'implodes' & we just spend eternity viewing the life we live/lived/will Live.
This is just one strand of his theory........
If He's right, Micheal Jackson will be moonwalking throughout eternity!

Remo said...

I find the whole funeral/death/mourning thing to be a waste of time. Why do people always wait until you're dead to come around for a party and say nice things about you?

Joan said...

Oh I do agree with the comment above about waiting till someone dies before you say something nice about them The press over here never had a good word to say about MJ now he is a saint. Love Joan

Herrad said...

Hi Cathy,

What a shock the news of MJ´s death.
Hate the ghoulish aspect of the death of a well known person.
Suddenly everyone was a friend.

If only his support had been better when he was a kid.
If only we had all had the support we needed.

Have a good day.
Love,
Herrad

Ana said...

I thought I was the only one.
I think the same way you do. I have already said that I will not go to any funeral of any person I love because I don't like the way we say goodbye to someone who has made this journey here.
I don't want funeral either.
Fear death?
If someone gave me immortality I would be cursed.
I don't like the idea of living too long and it's been like this my entire life.
Never understood why death is portrayed as something bad or evil.
Death is part of living.
That's all.
I only regret when people have their lives taken as a homicide or any fatality.
Than you for sharing your thoughts.
Michael Jackson didn't want to grow up.

Cathy said...

Ana I'm comforted to know you agree with this stance, and feel similarly. One thing - you concur that "death is part of living" so what's the difference if it comes via "homicide or fatality" as you mention? That only affects those left surviving, they're forced to deal with emotional stress. But the dead, no matter their exit, are still fulfilling life's promise don't you think? And no where does it prove out that a good life entitles one to a good death (whatever that is lol) Thanks again, always interesting reading your viewpoints.

Donn said...

I notice from the info on your profile that you and Death were well acquainted.

You had years to see first hand how this big sack of cells is nothing without a battery.

We are going to be talking about death more than ever because the Boomers are on their way. Since we have made every stage of our lives all about US you can bet your bottom dollar that we are going to examine the sh*t out of dying.

The Boomers will need to redefine it. We're in for a flurry of revivalism and wackjobs which means that Agnostics like myself will be just as busy trying to keep up with the tsunami of speculation about the afterlife.

This could be a bumpy ride.

Lou said...

I read that native American Indians never spoke of the dead..neither good nor bad. When you died you were never spoken of again.
I like that.

koe whitton-williams said...

Cathy - I can't thank you enough for reading and commenting over at the half life of linoleum. I've read a lot of your postings and I like your site. I'm happy to follow dare to think. . . I'll take the dare. I'll even sign up for death being part of the journey. But from one old hippie aging cautiously to, I think, another. I don't want to sign up for it being the best part of the journey. I actually find you more interesting than I think mother teresa will be. einstein was wrong, you know, god does play dice with the universe, at least she wants us to think she does. Now that you know this about me - I hope you'll still come by THLoL. Have a safe day! kww

robert said...

What an impressive, brave and thoughtfull entry of yours!
Appartement is silent for now, close to 01.35 in the morning. Taste is a bit strange, as always during the night, when I do most of my work, happy to see the day awake into brand new life, just as if would return from death.
My son has as a second name Orfeas, someone who didn't fear death and went to bring his love back into life.

Starlene said...

Comments on your ideas about headstones - I've often feared that we've created a sort of hell in the form of cemeteries for those deceased people who had limited ideas about an afterlife while they were alive. Does our mentail memorialization keep them not only "dead" but also stuck in that cemetery? How awful would that be?

Lisa said...

I like the way you think and said this. I guess it is the part of missing the person and the interaction that gets to us. My husband insists I have a party rather than a funeral - we'll see.

Tressa Bailey said...

I don't think I could add a thing. Well said!

natalie said...

hi Cathy! ..every interesting..hmm first I recently lost someone (okay two someones) who were very dear to me, my kid and to lots of kids at school...
death is sometimes confusing...what are their parents supposed to do now? and one of the kids was from a family (only kid)
that being said it sucks for the family who is left behind
very interesting..
any chance you would write more about it? about why you think it is so good? love,natalie

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