A Brief Thought on Dying

“It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives. The act of dying is not of importance, it lasts so short a time.”

– Samuel Johnson

Someone close to me recently brought forth the question of whether or not I was curious about what people will say or think about me after I die. I couldn’t help but laugh a little and try and be anecdotal, but nothing that came to mind sounded right.

When they asked me again if I had ever pondered on the issue, I had to be honest and say “no”. I’m of the inclination that this is it. It’s all black after these lights go out…so I’m still trying to plan how I’m going to sneak in a little bit when I get to the “other side”.

I guess in a way I’m so preoccupied with “what’s next” rather than who is saying what about me after I’m gone. I’m a nihilist through and through, but I still don’t have a good enough grasp on the afterlife to be comfortable going now.

Now, I’ve always known what I’ve wanted on my tombstone if that counts: “The future’s uncertain and the end is always near.” A line from “Roadhouse Blues” by The Doors. If you take away the Morrison myth it’s not a bad quote, one of ultimate summation, I think.

What do you want to be remembered for after you’ve left this earthly plane? What do you want your friends and family to say about you? Do you even care? What’s next after we die?

I’m interested to know your feelings on the topic.

4 thoughts on “A Brief Thought on Dying

  1. I’m good with the idea that life ends, full stop, when we die. I don’t particularly care what people have to say about me after I die, because I figure I won’t be around to hear it.

  2. Not sure I could spend eternity under a Doors quote. I doubt many more of us will be stuck in the ground anyway. My step mother’s ashes will be buried without an urn in a field specifically for that purpose, and she’ll get a small plaque on a wall – not sure if there’s room for a quote. My own afterlife beliefs began to morph after I read Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins. Now I’m pretty much an adherent to Kurt Vonnegut’s Karass theory although I wouldn’t necessarily say I was sent in that direction by Vonnegut. I was already there, and Vonnegut did a nice job of defining it.

    1. We are all different. I wish (at times) I could have a blind faith in whatever and be content with it. But I just can’t. Whatever’s next after this life I have no say over – no matter how sinless of a life I lead. But I don’t judge. John Lennon said, “God is a concept by which we measure our pain.” That’s what God is to me, but I can’t see anything but black after this. Not sure why, really.

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