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updated sun 21 aug 05


Kathy Forer on sat 20 aug 05

On Aug 20, 2005, at 1:02 AM, primalmommy wrote:

> I think it's a healthy thing for us to remember the precious
> impermanence of life, and the dry husk that is left when our souls move
> on. It's a humbling thing, and a lot of people could stand to get over
> themselves.

Look at the popularity of the television CSI series or Six Feet Under.
CSI is a forensic series set in different areas of the country, Miami,
New York, Las Vegas, and forensic pathologists explore the cause and
circumstances of death using traditional and modern techniques, looking
at scrapings, abrasions, wounds, tattoos, decapitations and such.

When the show first came out, many people who wanted to watch the show
because it was a good, fast paced-tv drama, were uncomfortable with the
corpse scenes; they would shield her eyes or ask to be told "when it
was over." It's interesting to see how the show was able to affect
their sensibilities and they're now no longer so squeamish, and
possibly more realistic about death itself.

Some people can be over-fascinated with particularly gruesome or
bizarre aspects of how we treat mortality (those lamp shades and
boots... nothing like a plasticized, anatomical exhibit, simply about
the folly of power), but for many of us it can be helpful to unlearn
poses we've learned and have a truer, fresher response to death.

Kathy in NJ, where summer seems to have gone out a side door