“I don’t want to go.” – The 10th Doctor
But that wasn’t really death was it – it was rebirth, reincarnation. The wish fulfillment of a hundred million souls. What if… when we die we just get popped into a new body? Keep the memories, ditch the bad hair and judgy personality. Start all over, and this time I’ll get it right. This time I wont eat so many cheeseburgers and fries.
“The hardest thing about death is not that men die tragically, but that most of them die ridiculously” – Mencken
But Mencken was an atheist, and the core of atheism is the knowledge that there is no life after death. Therefore – ridiculous or not, I couldn’t care less.
“I mean, they say you die twice. One time when you stop breathing and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time.” – Banksy
But if no one knows the real you, or your real name, does the second death count?
“Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.” – George Eliot
A variation on the above theme – with the same problem, does anyone remember George’s real name? (it was Mary Anne – there, now she lives again.)
“I saw few die of hunger; of eating, a hundred thousand.” – Benjamin Franklin
Which is more true in our time than his… and ironic considering his own obesity helped to kill him.
No particular reason for these morbid thoughts on a Wednesday morning. Sorry… well, here’s something that will cheer you right back up: