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The ~80 year lifespan of current medical technology is not optimal. If you had caught HIV at 20 you would have panicked earlier? A magical cure would have been a terrible, unwise decision?


I agree entirely. Death as a deadline really does spur you on, and that's a wonderful thing.

Donna Gore

It makes sense that if you believe THIS life is the ONLY one you have, you'll make the best of it. I've known some religious persons who were so totally focused on getting into "heaven" that life just passed them by while they spent all their time on this obssession. How sad.

This one woman I met at work, named Diane - that's all she thought about, and talked about. Every conversation we had somehow came back around to "I know I'm going to heaven when I die." I got to the point where I didn't really want to have any more than a cursory polite chat with her because it was starting to creep me out. I often wondered, who was she trying to convince, me or herself?

BUT - based on my observations of human behavior, I don't think most people really believe that anyway. They say they believe in heaven, but their behavior tells me otherwise. People SAY they believe in "heaven," but they'll do anything and everything to postpone the trip, if you know what I mean.

When someone dies, they say what they have been trained to say -"Grandma's in a better place now." Well, if you really believe your loved one is in eternal paradise, then why are you crying??? You should be happy. If you really believe what you say, then the day of death would be the happiest day of that person's life, which calls for a celebration. Not all this weeping and wailing. And furthermore, you should be looking forward to the day when you join them, not trying so hard to avoid it.

Sorry, I guess I'm wandering into another topic. . .

King Aardvark

"Sports_car.jpg"???!!!! That's blasphemy. That "sports car" is a Jaguar E-type, not only one of the greatest affordable sports cars of all time but also widely held to be the most beautiful car of all time because of its resemblance to a phallus. I thought you of all people would have appreciated that fact.



Neat post! Bracing and thought-provoking. I did want to say that I once sang at the funeral of an African-American friend, and found the joy and excitement at his "homegoing" rather mind-blowing. There was no mourning or solemnity that I remember -- the parishioners applauded loudly when we finished our 'set.' The only one who was stone-faced was the deceased. So, maybe some people really do believe in heaven...

Vince D

Well said.

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