Friday, February 7, 2014

Endless Sleep Without Dreams


A few nights ago, just before falling asleep I thought of what it means to die, and to be dead... to not be. It's a difficult task to absorb the deep meaning of non-existence of self. It is akin to accepting the notion of infinity. The infinite non-boundried universe is a concept that simply will not mesh in my mind with my mortal experiences pertaining to beginnings, duration, and endings.

And I wonder if anybody else who has ever mused, with seriousness, upon the subject has arrived at a satisfactory conclusion -- has come to fully grasp the concept of death -- has faced the fact that we (you, me, and every person that has ever lived) will eventually not exist, and will remain non-existent forever.

Forever is not merely a really long time. It is forever.

A scary thought?

It doesn't have to be.

To some, including me, perpetual oblivion is a soothing and comforting promise of eternal peace.

Endless sleep without dreams or nightmares.


Did You Know . . .?

Every day, each one of us breathes about 23,040 times and move around 438 cubic feet of air.



On this day in 1968 Bernard Josephs returned to his house in Bromley, England, and found his wife Claire lying under the bed, her throat slashed and severed to the spine. No weapon was found at the Josephs' house, and police had no other clues to go on. However, the murder was solved, and the killer convicted within four months, through solid forensic investigation.

One of the people the police questioned was Roger Payne, a recent acquaintance of Bernard and Claire. Forensic evidence focused on Payne's clothing. Claire Josephs had been wearing a cerise woolen dress at the time of her murder. Although Payne's clothing had already been laundered, the seams and hems still contained over 60 cerise wool fibers matching Josephs' dress. Investigators then examined Payne's car and found traces of blood matching Josephs' blood type, as well as additional clothing fibers.

Payne was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment in May 1968.



heinous  [HAY-nuhs]
-  evil; atrocious
-  grossly wicked or reprehensible; abominable: a heinous crime



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Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it.
--Douglas MacArthur

To lay the foundation for a future offence. 
--Ambrose Bierce
The Devil's Dictionary


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