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Re: coma consciousness

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  • Onniko
    ... they ... til ... to ... it ... as ... belongs ... are ... hour ... themselves ... he ... Yes! To all of that.
    Message 1 of 4 , Jul 10 9:26 AM
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      --- In meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com, "Nina"
      <murrkis@y...> wrote:
      > --- In meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com, "Onniko"
      > <onniko@y...> wrote:
      > > I saw that, too, and thought it would be very interesting if
      they
      > > remembered any of those 19 years. Then, I thought about what it
      > > would be like if they didn't remember a thing from 19 years ago
      til
      > > today but remembered the time before the coma and how hard that
      > > would be for them.
      > >
      > > There have been some people who so completely lost the ability
      to
      > > add anything to their long term memory, that the always thought
      it
      > > was the day of the accident. 20 years could go by and every day,
      > > many times an hour, they'd have to be retold what happened and
      as
      > > the years went by, it would get harder and harder to explain why
      > > their old, why the kids are gone (grown up), why their home
      belongs
      > > to someone else, why they hardly recognize their friends. They
      are
      > > awake and living every day but as the years go by, with each
      hour
      > > they have to relive the same nightmare of what and why over
      > > 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
      themselves
      > through on their own. The only difference is that most people have
      > 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
      he
      > woke up after 20 years, too, doesn't it?
      >
      > Nina

      Yes! To all of that.
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