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"I do not fear death - Salon.com"

Just as we take a train to get to Tarascon or Rouen, we take death to reach a star. We cannot get to a star while we are alive any more than we can take the train when we are dead. So to me it seems possible that cholera, tuberculosis and cancer are the celestial means of locomotion. Just as steamboats, buses and railways are the terrestrial means. - Vincent Van Gogh.

I do not fear death - Salon.com

Spotted on one of jaylake's recent links posts.

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sammason
Apr. 11th, 2013 03:16 pm (UTC)
What a beautiful piece of writing. I agree with most of it.

Would you like to post the link on friendly_crips? If you don't want to, I will, naming you or not as you prefer.
natf
Apr. 11th, 2013 03:46 pm (UTC)
I can cross-post this post to the community if you like. I admit that I rarely remember to do that though.
natf
Apr. 11th, 2013 03:49 pm (UTC)
Done.
sammason
Apr. 11th, 2013 04:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you. It's a good piece and I'm glad that it's not on the comm in my name. Wanting the topic of death to be everybody's not just mine.

I'll be posting an update about my experiences of the Lasting Power of Attorney, and of Dignitas, at some point hopefully quite soon. 2 of the people who've agreed to be my Attorneys asked for reassurance about what might happen to them if they help me go to Dignitas. So my 'to do' Heap now includes summarising the info about why I'm sure they're going to be safe if they do that. I think I'll put that summary on the comm when I've written it.

My Heap also includes overcoming the language barrier with the Dignitas staff. A German colleague has agreed to help me there but I want to be sure that I don't overload her with the nasty stuff. I'll write for the comm about this experience. Don't want to be xenophobic but really, if Dignitas didn't have a global monopoly on what they do, I'd check out other clinics.
sammason
Apr. 11th, 2013 07:49 pm (UTC)
PS I've just taken a look at jaylake's page and think he might like to join our crip comm. What do you think?
natf
Apr. 12th, 2013 12:26 pm (UTC)
I don't think so, but you could ask. He is an internet famous sci-fi/fantasy author who has crowd-funded his cancer treatment to some extent. The comm may be a little too disability-focussed for him to be honest, but I may be wrong. I am not too sure why you would want my opinion, to be honest. Surely his is more important? I read his LH because I like his links posts and find his posts about cancer interesting in a reading-an-autobiography way. He is a very public persona and would imagine that with his day job, the cancer and his other life complications, maintaining his blog and LH whilst writing novels may be enough for him without adding communities. Ah ignore me. I am about to visit my mother and am dreading it to be honest and so am feeling prickly.
sammason
Apr. 12th, 2013 12:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the info. I asked your opinion in case he were a personal friend of yours, in which case you might have been offended by my inviting him to the comm without giving you first dibs on that task! Anyway, I'll go now to invite him.
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