“I was not. I have been, I am not. I am so grateful to have participated in life!”

A beloved cousin died yesterday and we, at a Johnson/Smith/Denoo family get together had a discussion about what we want inscribed on our gravesite. I don't intend to have a gravesite, but will have a marker placed on my mother's grave. I want it to be clear that when I die, my mind, body and emotions change into a different form and return to the atoms from which I evolved. 

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Loren, you know I like distractions! The broader the topic, the more fun to explore. I agree about Death with Dignity Act. We were successful in getting physician-assisted suicide into our state, and I fully intend to access that right. We have already gained the right and responsibility of family planning and medical intervention. The individual knows when it is time to end life, not prolong suffering. As for myself, I have had such an incredible and productive life, I don't want to vegetate. As of now, I am fully functioning (well, nicely functioning), and I enjoy every waking moment, pains and all. 

Seth Andrews does an excellent job of bringing ideas to the forefront, especially those ideas that have been defined as forbidden by "polite society".

Thanks for the reminder.

I think that would be an excellent discussion topic. There are various nuances that are not obvious to all. I have participated in death with dignity cases. It seemed like the right thing to do, or I would not have been involved. But there are many things to consider.

Joan....I too  want to  give  my  condolences .....It is  always  difficult  to lose  a loved  one......  

How whimsical!

Spud, I love the Atheist one.
I'd use it if I was going to have a marker.

Off topic, but I think it's funny:

That poor child..  He  probably  thinks  he will never  get another  Christmas  present....I am sure though  his  parents,aunts and uncles  will prove  otherwise...:)

Yes, I do feel sorry for him, but I think it's funny anyway.  

For one thing, his sadness won't last long. It's not like religious fear and guilt that can go on for an entire life.

If that is the worst thing to happen to a kid, he has a great life. Its his parent's fault for teaching him there is a Santa. Now if he lost a sibling, or parent, or friend, or his home, or got sick, those are sad,

Sentient.......No one  likes  to see a kid  cry.....You need  to think like  a child for a moment   and remember   how it was  at that age....:)

Daniel, I don't like parent's teaching children about santa either.

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