Re: coma consciousness
- --- In email@example.com, "Nina"
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Onniko"they
> <onniko@y...> wrote:
> > I saw that, too, and thought it would be very interesting if
> > remembered any of those 19 years. Then, I thought about what ittil
> > would be like if they didn't remember a thing from 19 years ago
> > today but remembered the time before the coma and how hard thatto
> > would be for them.
> > There have been some people who so completely lost the ability
> > add anything to their long term memory, that the always thoughtit
> > was the day of the accident. 20 years could go by and every day,as
> > many times an hour, they'd have to be retold what happened and
> > the years went by, it would get harder and harder to explain whybelongs
> > their old, why the kids are gone (grown up), why their home
> > to someone else, why they hardly recognize their friends. Theyare
> > awake and living every day but as the years go by, with eachhour
> > they have to relive the same nightmare of what and why overthemselves
> > and over.
> It's possible to see how what you describe above is suffering, and
> how it is not so different from the hell many people put
> through on their own. The only difference is that most people havehe
> their memory and identity in place to remind them, while the folks
> you describe above have 'external brainpacks' in the form of
> caregivers to remind them of their memories and identities.
> It reminds me of a Talking Heads song, in which the singer laments
> that 'this is not my beautiful life', or some such. It sounds like
> woke up after 20 years, too, doesn't it?Yes! To all of that.