WHY YOU SHOULD CARE
Because nothing will soften the hammer and coffin.
By Eugene S. Robinson
This OZY original series places in space our most universally dreaded endeavor ever: death.
With a neat and tidy list of five things designed to ennoble end-of-life issues up to and including the strategic use of psychedelics, Dr. Ira Byock might be screaming into the wind in his efforts to make the last portion of life as good as the first but are people finally listening? He thinks so.
Predestination is a bitch. But for Andrei Suhenco’s great-grandfather, who had lived through numerous invasions of the Ukraine – three revolutions, two World Wars, one Great Famine – he had seen his death like he had seen a movie: in a field, under a tree, after a drink of vodka and a day at work digging holes. And to everyone’s shock and amazement that’s just what happened.
People all over the world have contemplated scripting their ends rather than leaving them to chance. From the U.K. to the U.S., Australia and Japan, there are global hotspots known for both their beauty and the likelihood that someone will be dying there.
Darby Crash, the punk rocker who planned five years of life + suicide to tally with a David Bowie song … then had his death at age 22 eclipsed by the next-day death of John Lennon.
Your parents, ideally, the first owners of you, are usually charged with creating the owner’s manual for you up to the so-called age of reason but once there, we tend to take over. To not be called into question unless we run afoul of standard plans. But who fundamentally controls the exit portion of affairs? With suicide being against many actual laws if not moral codes, and physician-assisted suicide only making recent inroads into the dying equation, we consider: who owns your death?