For me I was exploring the point that in our western culture we don’t seem to be emotionally or psychologically equipped to deal with loss. It seems to me the Eastern traditions have some very interesting methods of contemplation and views on the subject of loss. That our perhaps more helpful than our own cultures views.
I can give you a laundry list of ‘interesting methods of contemplating and viewing’ just about anything.
What is it that you are after Michael ?
Are you really this detached or are you looking for an anesthetic to make life a bit easier ?
Sorry for asking but you’d be surprised by the number of wanna-be bliss ninnies that roam these decrepit halls.
A Buddhist mother in Thailand who loses her child in an unfortunate lawn-mowing accident feels the same as a mother in Brussels.
Coping is done with the support of family and friends and a glass of wine.
For the weaker ones a Valium or two may be proscribed.
Sander I’m not saying your wrong but I think you speak for a lot of people who say “don’t think about death, its one of those things, head down, foot to the floor and keeping gunning till ya run out of gas.”
I don’t think many people would be overjoyed if they found that I was speaking for them.
What is the upside to contemplating death Michael?
Do you think it will soften the blow when it comes?
However when we crash and we will all sorts of problems start. Some people are more affected by death than others and I do wonder how much delusion, wish thinking and attachments make them suffer more.
And what problems would that be ?
‘The West’ , in my opinion, has a fine attitude towards death.
Talk about it as little as possible, bury your dead, pay your respects and besides that, get on with life and shut the fuck up about death.
Contemplate it as much as you like Michael and I will call you a fool who is wasting his time and if I am in a foul mood I might accuse you of being a bliss ninny.
Consider yourself lucky that you are alive and can be part of all this, if only for a little while and stop bumming people out.
The less said about death the better.