Published August 10, 2021 by Nan Mykel

SORRY–The following from a questionnaire given to undergraduate students in a  philosophy seminar on death is not funny, but I thought interesting. (Shibles, Death, 1974, 16-17)

DYING IS LIKE...A one-way ticket to another place, going to sleep without contemplating awakening, being born again –into a world less confining, nothing ever seen before, humiliation, hush-hush, a play, something I’ve never tried before, cosmic traveling,  the ultimate trip, a final orgasm, like nothing else, falling asleep or getting knocked out, falling, entering another world, the end of a mysterious dream, a long sleep, a permanent place, nothing, being trapped in a box,  fallen apple rotting in dirt, waiting for the answer, stopping and maybe starting, getting it over with, feeling yourself being the snake you killed as a little boy, letting go, making the last turn, filling the last blank, becoming the 360th degree, [no answer], going beyond, an eternal dream, beginning of the end, an infinite voyage, explosion of a super nova, being born, comma in a sentence, nightmare, ultimate in tranquil meditation, turning off a faucet, finding that the end of the tunnel is a deep dark hole, falling in a void, stone rolling and coming to a stop, bricks falling through air, a child swallowing a bottle of sleeping pills, falling asleep and never waking, leaving this life for another, driving 140 miles per hour into a snowstorm, being in a cement-block room, looking up through a long hole, hell, a nap after eating, a sunset, finding out what it’s really like, walking into a different room alone, letting go of your security blanket, leaving this world for another, not being, I don’t know, coming to the end of an existence, extinguishing a match, unplugging T.V., turning off a light, passing out, stepping off the orange, cutting off the power of a trolley car, closing-night of a theatre, finale, deep sleep, ending of physical senses, nothing you could ever conceive of or experience, walking into a cave and forgetting to come out, screaming at the top of your lungs and no one hearing,  dropping a pin into the ocean, finding out that people are laughing at you, jumping off the high dive, a large magnet pulling on a small magnet until all its energy has been drained, trying to advance a genetic strain and failing, death is like almost nothing, feeling embarrassed, turning off a loud radio, having a mental block, getting lost, sleeping, breaking a movie film, taking an old car out on the road not knowing whjat’s going to happen next, waiting to go on a vacation, coming down from amphetamines, watching a blind person fall, dry heaves, listening to the static of an old-time radio and having the plug pulled out….(ibid, 16-17)

OUCH — Freud underwent 33 painful, life saving surgeries for his throat cancer. (Ibid, p 253)

There is no evidence for mind and so minds cannot be “read.”  (ibid, p 389)j

OH DEAR–Ecclesiastes 1:18  “For in much wisdom is much grief, and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.”  (Ibid, p 357)  [Hide this from the kids]




Please share your own experiences here...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Be kind to yourself and others.

Walking the Rails

Basking in the Triumphs and Frustrations of a Disability

Yolanda - "Det här är mitt privata krig"

Kreativ text, annorlundaskap, poesi, bipolaritet, Aspergers syndrom, fotografi


Poetry of a changing Earth. The grief is real--so is the hope.


Spouse trainer, motherhood survivalist, bread enthusiast... overall great person.


Take a few minutes to slow down and think about what's going on in your world...

Own That Domain Today


"Traveling and Retired"

About the Jez of It

Poetry, stories and strange odds and ends from the desk of a writer

Athens Writers Association

Bringing passionate genius to the foreground in Athens, GA -- 2013-2019


Seeking Dialogue to Inform, Enlighten, and/or Amuse You and Me


Tigers not daughters

Nature Is My Therapy

Building meaningful and joyful connections to nature

By Hook Or By Book

Book Reviews, News, and Other Stuff


My writings of fiction, essay, poetry, observation & commentary

Intellectual Shaman

Poetry for Finding Meaning in the Madness

%d bloggers like this: