Tuesday, May 24, 2016
An Unexpected Death
Julius Caesar describes the best kind of death as “An unexpected one”. For a general of the largest military the world had ever known, he must have seen a great deal of death and violence. It reminds me of the film “Platoon”, in which a Vietnam soldier describes being in constant war as “not so bad” because he was able to do whatever he wanted and was certain that his death would be unexpected and sudden, therefore he had no problem with it.
I am inclined to agree with Julius Caesar. I feel that the anticipation of seeing your death coming would be a terrible situation. Criminals on death row are constantly being held under this level of pressure and studies show that their mental state is heavily effected. Alternatives would be such situations as slow debilitating disease/disorder such as cancer or alzheimer's. Slowly wasting away to a shell of your former self while your friends and family watch.
I should probably note that it would be best for ME to die suddenly. I have experienced both the sudden loss of someone close to me as well as the obvious looming death of someone abusing drugs. The sudden loss is terrifying. You expect them at the door when it opens or when the phone rings. It I a massive and immediate adjustment. However, watching someone die slowly over time gives you mental and emotional time to prepare yourself as well as time to get yours (and perhaps theirs) affairs in order.
In conclusion I feel that an unexpected death would be best for me, but not my family and friends.