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My feelings exactly. And yes, I was born in NYC.
Posted by howie in seattle on January 22, 2013 at 5:14 PM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 2

Of course if you figure out a way to stick around as long as you can, you get to watch your enemies get buried. There is that.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on January 22, 2013 at 5:21 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 3
What if they are cremated?
Posted by Will in Seattle on January 22, 2013 at 5:26 PM · Report this
Geocrackr 4
Tim Kreider is awesome - you should check out his latest book, We Learn Nothing.
Posted by Geocrackr on January 22, 2013 at 5:31 PM · Report this
"Don't take life too serious, ain't nohow a permanent condition." - Porky Pine (from Walt Kelly's Pogo)
Posted by DonServo on January 22, 2013 at 5:51 PM · Report this
dnt trust me 6
Today is the first day for the rest of your life.
All Hail Hallmark!
Posted by dnt trust me on January 22, 2013 at 5:59 PM · Report this
If you're afraid of death you haven't lived.
Posted by cay1969 on January 22, 2013 at 7:31 PM · Report this
This reminds me of a They Might Be Giants song:…
Posted by NXWL on January 22, 2013 at 7:53 PM · Report this
What if you haven't lived AND don't fear death
Posted by Reader01 on January 22, 2013 at 7:56 PM · Report this
In fact the current mortality rate of humanity is like 93%, so there's always hope.
Posted by Transient Gadfly on January 22, 2013 at 8:41 PM · Report this
Tacoma Traveler 11
Death is real. There is no afterlife. This moment is all you will ever have.

Extinction is real. Our species will someday go the way we individuals all go. Our history will be utterly meaningless once the last human dies.

Makes you wonder what all the fuss is about, doesn't it?

religion works to make these civilizations, these empires, these countries, these nations appear to be worth investing time and energy into. Science helps us cadge a few extra decades beyond what we'd live to be without it. But in the end, none of that means a thing. Once you're gone, you're gone. And once this species is gone, all memory of you will fade as well.

"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Posted by Tacoma Traveler on January 22, 2013 at 8:52 PM · Report this
wingedkat 12
I've never understood why so many people are terrified of getting older and dying.
Posted by wingedkat on January 22, 2013 at 9:21 PM · Report this
Fear of death is misguided. What you really fear is the inherent meaninglessness of life. Death, finality, is really the only thing that slightly redeems that meaninglessness. You're going to die, so you better enjoy it while you can. If it wasn't finite the meaninglessness would be (more) overwhelming.
Posted by chi_type on January 22, 2013 at 9:47 PM · Report this
pfffter 14
Only when one sees the emptiness of existence can a person finally be happy.

Great Shelley quote @11. One of my favorites.
Posted by pfffter on January 22, 2013 at 10:38 PM · Report this
Sandiai 15
"Dust I may be, but troubled dust."
Posted by Sandiai on January 22, 2013 at 10:53 PM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 16
And now you know why those 18 to 34 are the only ones that matter.
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on January 22, 2013 at 11:28 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 17
One of my all time favorite bits by Christopher Hitchens, about this whole "afterlife party" thing and why it probably wouldn't be as great as they make it out to be:…
Posted by Urgutha Forka on January 23, 2013 at 12:54 AM · Report this
Tacoma Traveler 18
Once you are dead, you feel no more pain. That's what they tell us to comfort the living. But what if they're wrong/

What if, while your body decays, the nerve endings still work for a while? What if we can feel the worms as they crawl through our sockets? What is the moment of death is not a moment, but a gradual experience?

In life, has there ever been a sudden, immediate transformation of our senses? Isn't it more true that such transformations take place over time? Why not also in death?

i wonder if there's enough spar left in the decaying grey matter to bring us to realize our predicament as the mourners are shoveling dirt onto our coffins? Or as the flames cremate our remains? What if we no longer have the ability to say or do anything about it, but we are fully aware of our decay?

That's the kind of shit that keeps me up at night.
Posted by Tacoma Traveler on January 23, 2013 at 5:27 AM · Report this
spamky 19
"On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero"
Posted by spamky on January 23, 2013 at 6:12 AM · Report this
It tells us that this life is not a story or an adventure or a journey of spiritual self-discovery; it’s a slog.
Posted by gloomy gus on January 23, 2013 at 7:13 AM · Report this
p.s. @18, there's an earlier piece by Kreider I bet will speak to you pretty strongly, then. It sure did to me.
Worry is not productive; it’s a kind of procrastination. I like to pretend worry is passive, something your brain does when it’s trapped and helpless, but it’s more often a way to avoid taking some direct action that would be frightening, difficult, inconvenient or boring, like drawing up a monthly budget or doing sit-ups or finally just summoning up the nerve to ask someone What, exactly, The Deal Is. Worrying can turn into one of those problems that prevents itself from getting solved, the way that pornography can if you’d rather stay home watching it than go out and meet somebody.…
Posted by gloomy gus on January 23, 2013 at 7:20 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 22
So much of life is beyond our control, which, considering all the bad behaviors, is probably for the better. And death doesn't seem so unpalatable as you get old. The body grows inflexible and uncontrollable. And life long problems grow so tiring. But there is one thing that follows the way the universe works. Reincarnation. The universe recycles. Without death, there is no life. So, when you die in this life, you may find yourself hatching from an egg in the next.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on January 23, 2013 at 9:11 AM · Report this
Sandiai 23
@18 I'm comforted by what we can measure with science and science-based medicine. Neural activity, including brain activity, is exquisitively sensitive to blood flow/oxygen and often is the first thing to cease when you're dying. Not to worry about feeling anything when you're dead, I promise.

Posted by Sandiai on January 23, 2013 at 3:17 PM · Report this

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