Thursday, October 23, 2008
Do you think about death?
Something unusual happened to me today. I was taking a walk in the mall during my lunch break when I was approached by a young woman. She requested me to take part in a survey she had designed for her research work in psychology.
Okay, let me have it, I said.
There were 20 or so questions, and they sound something like this:
- Do you think about death?
- Do you think about ways you will die?
- Do you think if anyone would have cared if you died?
- Do you think about suicide?
- Do you think about what to write in a suicide note?
It certainly stopped me in my tracks and for a moment I seriously didn’t know what to think! Of course I have thought about these, only because I am in the midst of completing my assignments on heaven and the millennium. And even if I was not, the topic of heaven is always with me. It took me a couple seconds to compose myself, to reposition my thoughts into a more neutral context and zone, remove myself from my usual reflective and scholarly mode, and start answering the questions.
Yes, I have thought about death, that is only human but, no I have not thought about suicide or suicide notes or ways to die.
Morbid … but could it be an insight to the thoughts of the young people these days?
Photo (c) 2008 Constantin Jurcut