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Re: [anthroposophy_tomorrow] Death

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  • Tarjei Straume
    It s unfortunate that Jens Bjørneboe didn t live long enough to write about cryonics. He would have had a real ball with that. Tarjei
    Message 1 of 2 , Sep 7, 2006
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      It's unfortunate that Jens Bjørneboe didn't live
      long enough to write about cryonics. He would have had a real ball with that.


      Mike H wrote:

      >"...The fear of death is the great night casting its shadow over the
      >American paradise. Thomas Wolfe has described it unforgettably. And
      >the future's first social task must then be to produce a race of
      >humans too dull to know about death.
      >Many feel instinctively that this is a very high price to pay for
      >colored oranges.
      >It may be appropriate here to recall a burial custom which has long
      >been on the rise in the United States. It is a variation on lying in
      >state which has a very strange effect on unprepared Europeans.
      >Before cremation the corpse is taken under treatment by skilled
      >beauticians. He or she is made up and treated with injections to
      >restore a life-like roundness and color, the hair is arranged to look
      >as much as possible as it would after a car trip or before a party,
      >the eyes are opened and given a sheen, and the deceased is dressed in
      >party clothes or a sports outfit, according to the person's taste and
      >character. The corpse is then set in its accustomed place in the
      >family living room, with a glass, an apple or a cigarette in its
      >hand, its favorite phonograph records are played, its picture taken.
      >Then follows the funeral.
      >This - and much else - has not come about by itself. All such
      >phenomena are unconscious reflections of the American view of life.
      >Whether one is putting makeup on corpses or apples is immaterial.
      >When a people wash themselves so much outwardly, says Thomas Wolfe,
      >inwardly they must be very slovenly indeed. Washing promotes health
      >and well-being, washing prolongs life. The healthier you are and the
      >longer you live, the more pleasure you can squeeze out of the
      >material paradise. Add artificial pineapple flavor to the pineapple
      >and smear pink plastic color over it all; for under us, behind us,
      >off the dance floor, outside the neon light, the Meaningless One lies
      >in wait! Death, the only true snake in Eden!..."
      >Jens Bjørneboe
      >The above in contrast to this below, that says that it is "luckier"
      >to die. As opposed to the utter denial of most of the comsumer
      >"...What do you think has become of the young and old men?
      >And what do you think has become of the women and children?
      >They are alive and well somewhere,
      >The smallest sprout shows there is really no death,
      >And if ever there was it led forward life, and does not wait at the
      >end to arrest it, And ceas'd the moment life appear'd.
      >All goes onward and outward, nothing collapses,
      >And to die is different from what any one supposed, and luckier.
      >Has any one supposed it lucky to be born?
      >I hasten to inform him or her it is just as lucky to die, and I know
      >I pass death with the dying and birth with the new-wash'd babe, and
      >am not contain'd between my hat and boots, And peruse manifold
      >objects, no two alike and every one good, The earth good and the
      >stars good, and their adjuncts all good.
      >I am not an earth nor an adjunct of an earth,
      >I am the mate and companion of people, all just as immortal and
      >fathomless as myself, They do not know how immortal, but I know..."
      >Walt Whitman [song of myself]
      >Posted by Mike
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