Reader response to HOW WE DIE — and my sense of overwhelm . . .

See also this, this, this, and this.

The How We Die post has opened up such a depth of feeling, puncturing a massive artery in the collective unconscious that pulses with meaning, agony, exaltation, completion, horror — all the emotional extremes of which we humans are capable. The stories, which now arrive every few minutes, throb with the kind of intensity and heartfelt vulnerability that render nonsensical the idea that we are just about to turn into robots. We are not robots. We have never been robots. And we never will be robots.

I confess: my specialty is stimulating what I call homeopathic effects in the culture. Potent, but invisible. I feel utterly uncomfortable and out of my league with what may be a mass movement igniting here in the comments section of the exopermaculture blog. Out of my element, and freaked, frankly.

This morning I called a dear, wise friend and discussed all this, especially my feeling of overwhelm and not knowing what to “do.” After only a few minutes discussion, we brought up the idea of him as a partner. He would be the one to “approve” each new comment, and possibly, guide what might come next. If so, he would be the perfect person and a wonderful companion on this journey to help deepen our responsiveness to the exigencies of living and dying.

He and I will talk again tomorrow morning.

Here’s where we are now, as of 11:18 A.M. on January 25, seven days after the original post went up, on January 19th. As you can see, the views are more than doubling daily, and currently arriving at the rate of about 18,000 per hour.

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0 Responses to Reader response to HOW WE DIE — and my sense of overwhelm . . .

  1. Julie Snyder says:

    Ann, I too just read this article regarding end of earthly life, but I did not comment on it. I did post it to my daughters (4) facebook pages and told them that I am reconsidering my eol plans. This response is for you in your seeming overwhelm. I applaud you help seeking and your plans sound realistic and important. I simply wanted to tell you that you know exactly what and how to handle this – maybe not the magnitude of the importance – but you have all you need. I just wanted to tell you that I have faith in you and thank you – relax and be at peace – the plan is handled and supported from all quarters!

  2. laurabruno says:

    Hi Ann,
    Yes, I agree with Julie. Clearly, this is bigger than you, which also means you will have the support you need. In some ways, it make sense as a counterpoint to the Baby Picture Project. You’ve probably already pondered that, but look at what’s being birthed in this talk of death. The larger idea of humanity as a species in hospice right now is likely fueling these discussions, too. I find it exciting and heartwarming that you’ve opened so much discussion. From death flows life. Our culture has largely forgotten that, to our own potential peril. Who knows what all this deep digging and crone considering will generate? It feels healing and important.

    Love and strength to you!

    • Thanks Laura, and yes, I have pondered the connection between the Baby Picture Project and this outpouring of authentic feeling that connecting with one’s innocent baby self also inspires. Something about the edges of the human life cycle, the beginning and endings and all endings are beginnings and vice versa . . . Oh my!

  3. Amanda says:

    This real death passage is also the nectar of real life! Igniting a remeberance of ancestry of how we used to view death… A gift to hold and remember each day. Just as the dyin of one season to birth into another! Check out… Fullcirclelivingdyingcollective ( like hearts in this same conversation!!! Cheers to the birth of this new day!!! Amanda

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