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Do you realize? That everyone you know, someday, will die.

Elizabeth Edwards 1949 - 2010

John Lennon 1940 - 1980


The amount of time all of us have left on this earth is both finite and unknown. There is nothing like death to put life into perspective. Like my cousin said when my father passed away, "None of us gets out of here alive."

In spite of the never ending crush of bad news, please don't forget the miracle that life is, and what is truly important in the time together that we are blessed with.

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Michael Nystrom's picture

Dex came to the same conclusion


Eventually, we all do.

Another thing my dad used to say to me: "Your turn is coming."

We'll all get our turn.

Death. The last great adventure of life. That's what I think.


This is great!

Thanks for the reminder! I was thinking of Ron Paul too when recording this and you may like it too http://relate4ever.wordpress.com/2012/07/04/lastday/

Positive support for Ron Paul ideas! Support from the Restoration and Liberty Movement on http://cristianpaduraru.com

One way to look at it is - Maybe true liberty...

...will only be realized when we die.

I think it will be somewhat of a freeing experience because although we love life and want to live a long time, life is also a struggle with its day to day needs, necessities, issues and problems.

I'm not scared of the afterlife - but the process of death scares me because life wants to live - forever.

One thing I pray for on occasion is for a peaceful death for my loved ones and myself.

I think that is worthy of a prayer from time to time.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

Bumping one of my favorite threads

On Dp. Ever.

Colchester, New London County, Connecticut


Death has held no fear for me for a very very long time. I am in no hurry I look forward to all I have left to learn in life. But the intrigue of death is also there, the next journey. Perhaps clarity and enlightenment is next rather than just another try. My dreams I imagine are beyond the veil waiting for me to finally catch up to them rather than always being just out of reach. I also have a lot of questions that I think I might not have answers to till that time.

The Abuse of Greatness is when it disjoins remorse from power. - Shakespeare

Do you realize that no one gets out alive,

and this is just one stop on a long, long journey? I'm not afraid of death, I look forward to my next chapter and I want to be there to welcome you when you pass. Life and death are pretty cool if you understand the process.

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"Bob? Are you afraid of death?"


"You underestimate the character of man." | "So be off now, and set about it." | Up for a game?

Been there, done that...

and I really wished I had not come back. My experience was the most glorious, and I know in my heart I came back here to this dreaded earth for a reason. This earth, and it's inhabitants are doomed, and there is no politician that can save it. It will be those of us like minded folks that will make the next cycle better, and cleaner. I am saddened that people like Ron Paul are belittled, and made out to be freaks, and those in power in our government, and our media do this to people like him. I believe in Karma, I believe in Christ, and I believe the folks that have caused harm to others will feel the wrath 100 fold times greater than what they have done, or have given unto others. All I can say is do not be afraid of death especially if you have treated people the way you want to be treated. Peace out.

I realize


Colchester, New London County, Connecticut

Just met a friend

whose wife is dying of cancer. He was a bit plastered and crying and we spent an hour and a half just listening and trying to offer support. This is a couple with three children, and they are very much in love, unlike so many miserable couples. He feels helpless and empty and hopefully we were able to help, if only for tonight.

Really makes you realize that you must live each day to the fullest.... never let the turkeys get you down... and rely upon friends and family in crisis (and your faith if you have that).

Thank you, DP family for being such a vital part of my life. If it weren't for my faith, and DP I don't think I could withstand the sadness that is in this world.

God bless us, everyone.

Thomas Jefferson: “Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever."

Viva La Revolucion!

The message says a lot about this community,

and the humanity and caring that is such an integral part of it. I've never "met" such a caring and intelligent group of people and you are all a blessing.

The "what if" message reminds me of


"Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead

What a wonderful sentiment

you're phenomenal.

Colchester, New London County, Connecticut




grin, smile, hugz...

Shaving my head this Wednesday..

No...I haven't joined the Hare Krishna.

I haven't done this since I was 9 or 10.
My younger brother and I used to get sheared every summer. It was called a "swimming pool haircut". We were told it would make us go faster under the water.
(parents really just wanted to save money on haircuts)

A friend of ours is going through some tough stages of chemotherapy. He said he went to comb his hair the other day, and got two handfuls that fell out. He is literally fighting for his life.

Some friends and family are getting together and shaving our heads, in a show of solidarity. Hopefully it will lift his spirits, and surely give him a laugh. It is a small price for me to pay, to participate in this. I was honored to be asked.

It is easy to get caught up in our own struggles in life, and not recognize the beauty in the small things. We get tunnel vision sometimes, and don't realize that things could always be worse.

I am very happy to report that I get to go out into the woods, with my friends this weekend, after a three year struggle myself. My struggle was tough, but nothing close to fighting cancer. This weekend will be a celebration of my personal victory, in one of the battles with the medical industrial complex. It will also be a good time to sit and quietly and reflect on all of the blessings I have in my life, and the people who supported me through thick and thin.

I would not have made it, if it weren't for them.

Thanks for the reminder Michael, and my condolences to Ironman77 below. We may have our differences of opinion and perspective, but we are all connected in some way in the end.

What you are doing is awesome....

It won't help the person you are doing it for, but I will tell you others will ask about it, and then you can tell them about this, and they may be better people for it, and hopefully turn their lives into helping others, verses being cold, and turning to material items in life that are so unneeded, and unimportant.

Right on man

Thank you for this inspirational post,It displays great strength and compassion.Your friend is a lucky man to have such dedicated and caring friends.

Unconstitutional War - "The story you are about to hear is true; the names and places are being changed to protect the guilty."


was so freakin' nice and sad at the same time, dude.

Good job putting it out there.

It Is A Good Day To Die


Live ur Life Warriors !


Dream Of Beauty And Fight The Good Fight

Red Floyd

Happy Battle Day

P E A C E * P I P E * D R E A M S

A friend sent me a link to this Beatles song ( a song with which to lay one’s head down). It is particularly apt in the context of the commemoration of John Lennon’s life which, in part, seems to have inspired Michael’s i m a g i n e -ative original post.


This had me contemplating Lennon’s definitive mission in life ( for which, I have little doubt, they killed him ), and the message he left us with … and the beauty he brought into our lives. I followed some links buried in my last comment and found this additional apt affirmation I now resurrect to share:


Thank you for sharing

the videos you posted...I really enjoyed those! I had to log in to tell you upon exploring the link to manataka yesterday I had read the page on Standing Bears Formula for Peace and saved it to post here! You beat me to it! Beautiful Formula! Sync!

BTW~So good to see you again on DP..you have been missed!

John Lennon lives on in all those he has touched as we all will!

"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

yeah i almost just died ive

yeah i almost just died ive been sent back to hospital for a month ... and it has definitely put things in a much more different perspective for me

All paper money eventually returns to its real intrinsic value, zero. - Voltaire

rftbunny, hugs, and love to you....

I hope you will get better soon, we need you here, you are sooo...wanted here as well. Thank you for what you have contributed, and please continue to share.

best wishes!

I am so sorry you have been sent to a hospital. It is a sad joke in our family (RN, LPN and retired medical office manager) that we say we would go to the morgue if we want to get well and go to the hospital when we are ready to die.

PLEASE assume you will be exposed to MRSA and treat yourself accordingly.

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.

Elizabeth Edwards and Julian Assange

have the same birthday.

As Ben Franklin said ...

you die but you come back in a (hopefully) improved version.

This is the best book out there for truth seekers wishing to learn the secrets of the universe~


Just read chapter XI, The Recital~ it will blow your mind~

The Pods have spoken

Ben Franklin was an early Immortalist.

Ben Franklin also anticipated the Cryonics movement, speculating about being preserved in alcohol and resurrected later:

London, April 1773.

To Jacques Dubourg.

Your observations on the causes of death, and the experiments which you propose for recalling to life those who appear to be killed by lightning, demonstrate equally your sagacity and your humanity. It appears that the doctrine of life and death in general is yet but little understood...

I wish it were possible... to invent a method of embalming drowned persons, in such a manner that they might be recalled to life at any period, however distant; for having a very ardent desire to see and observe the state of America a hundred years hence, I should prefer to an ordinary death, being immersed with a few friends in a cask of Madeira, until that time, then to be recalled to life by the solar warmth of my dear country! But... in all probability, we live in a century too little advanced, and too near the infancy of science, to see such an art brought in our time to its perfection...

I am, etc.


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"Obama’s Economists: ‘Stimulus’ Has Cost $278,000 per Job."

That means: For each job "created or saved" about five were destroyed.

I'm worried a bunch of extra people will die this month.

At least some of the inheritance tax is coming back in January.

Even with the current version of the 'compromise' there are an estimated 3,500 estates from which Uncle Sam will take a big slice if the decedent hangs on until AFTER the new year and not if he/she dies BEFORE it. And this tax is the big sticking point for a lot of Democratic congresscritters, so don't be surprised if the threshold goes down and the number of affected estates baloons - or the Republicans throw in the towel on the issue or the deal deadlocks and the full weight of the old tax comes back on everybody.

When dying a bit earlier applies a 1.4x to 2x multiplier to the amount of the estate going to the heirs, I expect to see a non-trivial number of suicides and/or murders of old folks just before the New Year.

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"Obama’s Economists: ‘Stimulus’ Has Cost $278,000 per Job."

That means: For each job "created or saved" about five were destroyed.

There is no death

only a shift in consciousness. The fear of death is The System's biggest hold on and control over people. It is an illusion (lie) presented as truth. See yourself (and what you do, write and say) as immortal and your life changes for the better.