Ryze does, of course.
And what’s this taboo topic no one speaks on?
It’s… suicide, euthanasia, and even more interesting, intentional death.
This is almost the kind of thing society would get all heated and violent about, as they resist new ideas and refuse to let other human beings choose their own path or evolve.
There was a time when blowjobs were unacceptable to even hint at, now they’re a dime a dozen (or free if you’re me :D).
There was a time when Catholics & Protestants couldn’t live in the same village, now we have a melting pot.
And like those massive viewpoint shifts, there’ll be a time when we’re actually encouraged to discuss death openly.
(Hey, a guy can dream, right?)
I love that Ryze attracts readers who are more allowing, flexible and open-minded. Peeps who’re able to touch, taste, and savor a new idea without going off the deep end.
That’s why I’ve decided to share some thoughts on death – ’cause I believe y’all can handle it.
And because I believe death is a reward that comes to for living a life of contrast and feeling, highs & lows, which we all do, some more than others 😉
Are these thoughts I`m about to share … true? Check ’em out, and see if they ring true for you. Every human being lives their own path, experiences, and ideas, and I learned a long time ago I can’t convince the people I meet to embrace my ideas. Hell, I’m playing with these new ideas too, so maybe I’m not even solid on ’em, but here they are anyway 🙂
Thought #1 – Death is a natural part of life.
Death is not the opposite of life, it’s an inevitable, beautiful phase of life that comes to all of us.
Death is the opposite of birth, which is also a beautiful phase of life that comes to all of us.
This understanding, if you really get it, takes so much edge off life. You celebrate death and celebrate people’s shifting to a new phase, as their path has led them.
It also makes suicide and euthanasia a lot less traumatic and a lot more understandable.
Thought #2 – Death comes for a reason; no death is random.
Death comes for three main reasons:
1) A person is so tired of life, that it feels like the best next step.
2) A person is so content with life, would like to move on or start fresh, and transition peacefully onward.
3) A person understands on a deep, possibly subconscious level that their death will cause ripples in humanity that make a major difference, Butterfly-Effect-style, yo.
“When the worlds gone quiet
I see you dancing slow
Where you never knew you’d go” – We Come Running, Youngblood Hawke
Thought #3 – We can intentionally die happy, in sleep.
This isn’t provable, but it’s extremely likely.
No one’s died in bed, and then spoke up and said "yeah! I intentionally willed that to happen!"
But human benigs can intentionally make our limbs move, intentionally mind-over-matter our body and cells to do miraculous things like Wim Hof (The Iceman), Tibetan Monks, and Tim Cridland (Zamora The Torture King.), and who says we can’t intentionally slow (& stop) our heartbeats and lifeblood?
“That’s the paradox: the only time most people feel alive is when they’re suffering, when something overwhelms their ordinary, careful armour, and the naked child is flung out onto the world…That child is the only real thing in them. It’s their humanity, their real individuality, the one that can’t understand why it was born and that knows it will have to die, in no matter how crowded a place, quite on its own. That’s the carrier of all the living qualities. It’s the centre of all the possible magic and revelation. What doesn’t come out of that creature isn’t worth having, or it’s worth having only as a tool—for that creature to use and turn to account and make meaningful.” Ted Hughes. Letter to son
And the coolest thing…
…I found while exploring these thoughts?
Phillip Goddard, who has an absolutely incredible take on life, (even though his site is hideous and kinda makes me nauseous.)
Phil has a pretty interesting method for intentionally dying in sleep. Here’s a link to his article: "How To Die Peacefully & With Dignity" – Does it work? Who knows. Is it worth experimenting on? Scientist Russell Ogden in Vancouver certainly believes so, and has made big waves with his research.
You can also Google "zelfdoding", which I believe literally means "self-killing" or "self-dying." and is one of the most painless, peaceful, easy-access, cost-effective ways to leave this world.
Interestingly, we have all sorts of resources in our ‘civilized’ cultures, but if you want help easing out of your life in a painless, peaceful way – help is quite scarce.
Most people have heard of the example of someone in physical turmoil, kept alive on machines, already dead and not living any sort of a joyful life, but is actually being tortured by being mechanically kept alive, in pain. My grandfather comes to mind.
What about people in mental or emotional pain? Do we force them to stick around as well?
Or what about those who lived what they consider full, purposeful, contented lives – and they’ve had enough, they’re satisfied, and they feel their time has come?
Or what about those who’ve come to earth as game-changers, doing everything they know how to lead unique lives and offer new understandings, but forever misunderstood themselves – the Van Gogh’s, the Tesla’s, the S. Thompson’s.
Here’s what the oh-so-eloquent Hunter S. Thompson said on the matter, published by Rolling Stone in the September issue #983. Titled "Football Season Is Over", it read:
"No More Games. No More Bombs. No More Walking. No More Fun. No More Swimming. 67. That is 17 years past 50. 17 more than I needed or wanted. Boring. I am always bitchy. No Fun — for anybody. 67. You are getting Greedy. Act your (old) age. Relax — This won’t hurt." – Hunter S. Thompson, Rolling Stone Magazine.
And though personal, physical taking of one’s own life seems to be a less ‘feminine’ thing to do, Cleopatra did it, as did Peg Entwistle who jumped from the Hollywood “H”, and a more recent female suicide… Isabella Blow.
Although billions of people are totally against ending the suffering of others through euthanasia, a common view is:
People consider suicide when they are hopeless and unable to see alternative solutions to problems.
Apparently, according to common views… no one can ever – ever, EVER – even consider the idea of moving out of this life, even though We All Die Eventually, unless they are broken, defeated human beings, who are limited, repressed, and suffering.
Does that mean no one can think about new fun sexual positions without being a horrible, dark, sexual deviant bent on rape?
Or is it possible to think about these topics from a place of peace, of accepting both birth and death, as a beautiful part of this great thing we call life?
For people a little more open-minded than the masses… Phil Goddard and Russell Ogden will at least point ’em in a helpful direction.
Fresh views on taboos.
…well, hopefully all the writings on this site become part of my legacy when I’m gone too. And if so, it’d be a shame if I hadn’t at least touched on death as a topic, right? Like sex, thoughts and feelings about death are common to everyone, like breathing, and almost always repressed.
You deserve better than to have important topics never raised, and powerful ideas never shared.
Woke up and wished that I was dead
With an aching in my head
I lay motionless in bed
I thought of you and where you’d gone
and let the world spin madly on
-World Spins Madly On, The Weepies