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its been a year, r u still alive? i would try to donate but since ive been escorting 8 years, i doubt i qualify to donate anything. mind u im safe and disease free but they still deny me.
I wonder if the American attitudes toward death reveal an overwhelming narcissism that seems to have overtaken American culture.
In that context, learning about death in a class treats it as just one more inconvenience to eliminate by making it tractable.
The only way to make death meaningful is to make life meaningful. That is where America gone wrong. The current cultural elites have jettisoned spiritual imagination and replaced it with a materialist construct.
It may be impossible to build meaning with such a limited imagination.
It’s disgusting that the author formally teaches that death is inevitable. It should be illegal to teach that to impressionable young minds. No one knows what the future holds and know what??? We never did!
Death is not something to be “cured.” I have been teaching a course I designed on death and dying for ten yers now. It is incredibly important that we embrace the reality of death as a natural and positive part of all of our lives.
I am sorry to hear you think you have an impending demise. How shortsighted to say immortality is impossible! I’m not going to try to convince anyone of what I know about how possible it is to live forever. Educate yourselves! I knew as a child we need to end death — somehow.
I am sorry to hear of your pending demise. You did not mention your age, but that seems to be irrelevant considering the other things you did say. Most of my family are gone, they all died very early (less than or about 50 years old). I just turned 62. On my mom’s side, ppl pass from heart disease/high blood pressure/diabetes/obesity. On my bio-dad’s side, they pass from cancer very young. I admire your bravery. I can only imagine the emotional maze you have been going through. Please know that it is not you, but their fears that are staring back at you. I was originally interested in this article because I am also taking a class (be default – it was the only one open when I needed the credit) on death and dying right now at Arizona State University), which is online so I don’t get the chance to interact like in this article. Our textbook is called “The Whole Death Catalog” by a guy who likes to write about killing and dying. The author’s name is Harold Schechter and I got the book on Amazon. It may help, or not. We are studying death as an abstract concept, while also considering our own demise and how to plan for that. I wish you the strength to see this through and the heart to accept yourself.
Cool article. I have a rare form of leukemia, known as myelofibrosis, that will be the proximate cause of my demise should I fail to find a matching tissue donor rather quickly. It is a very unique experience to me. I’ve never had a fatal disease before, and no one I know has had one either. Most of the people I know who have passed have done so suddenly. You are absolutely right. We need to be much more frank, and openly discuss death & end of life scenarios. You would not believe the emotional maze I have had to go through with friends & family. I am also dealing with transferring or closing down a business, and wrapping up all the lose ends of my life, just in case the stem cell donor does not pan out. Great article. The author did a really good job on it.