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07 May 2007 @ 11:36 pm
A Question to Ascertain my Own "Morbidity"  
How often do you think about death? How often do you think an "average person" thinks about death? Do you feel offended that I asked you this question?
Current Mood: curious
prof_vencireprof_vencire on May 8th, 2007 04:45 am (UTC)
I think about it meaningfully at least once a day. Often at night.

Average: almost never and usually just when something triggers it ~ the news, a dead animal, funeral. Even then, not much and generally resistant to the thoughts. Death more often equalling "ew" or "war"

No. I don't think anyone would be, instead it's more "Are you creeped out by this question? Does it make me seem creepy?" And still, no.
McRunsWithWolvestrickygrin on May 8th, 2007 04:46 am (UTC)
all the time. i'm confronted with it every day at work and think about it constantly on the road. i'm not sure how often others think about it, but I guess prolly a little less than that. i'm not sure why i'd be offended by this.
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on May 9th, 2007 01:46 am (UTC)
I suddenly realized that I don't really know what kind of work you're doing since you're not in Japan anymore. So, what is it? Did you become a mortician while I wasn't looking? ;-)
(no subject) - trickygrin on May 9th, 2007 02:06 am (UTC) (Expand)
King of the Voidabaddonx99 on May 8th, 2007 04:50 am (UTC)
Oddly enough, I was going over my own funeral plans in my head again today driving home from class. It's something I've had more or less planned since I was about 14 or so. I probably think about it maybe once a day or every two days. Average person? No idea. Offended? Not in the least. Why would I?
ninja in the shadows: catbirdseiryu_16 on May 8th, 2007 05:42 am (UTC)
Eh, not very often. Not as a "I don't want to think about it" but just that I got a lot of shit happenin' and a $15000 life insurance setup from my work so I know Josiah will be taken care of, at least for a while, in the event I go tits-up. Got a will on my hard drive I updated the other night (decided getting my ashes turned into a diamond was kinda hokey - back to original plan of getting them spread around and such). Not religious, but, y'know - I'm not scared. I'd just be bummed I'd have to leave so soon. When it comes - as Sam Jackson said of Mace Windu - I just hope I don't go out like a chump.

So - not so much. Average person is probably fucking paranoid about DYING but not so much a deep thinker about DEATH.

And no, I'm not offended. I'd be a dumbface if I were offended at an honest question you asked in your OWN JOURNAL. Heh. ::chuckle::
though she be but little, she is fierce: Adarrahilabeans on May 8th, 2007 06:37 am (UTC)
In one way or another, I think about death probably at least once a month, probably more like weekly. I think it would be interesting if, instead of asking this, you asked either "how often do you think about death in general," "how often do you think about your own death", or both separately, because I'm really not sure which you're asking about. I tend to think about both on a pretty equal basis.

The average person, I think, thinks about death in general perhaps every few months... but then again, I think it depends a lot on circumstances. Some people tend to encounter death more than others (I'm sure my parents, as pharmacists, see an obituary for one of their customers at least once a month). I'm really not sure who's "average" here.

I think most people probably wouldn't be offended, but some of your "normal people" might be disturbed by the question.
Nightwalkerhalfawake on May 8th, 2007 08:14 am (UTC)
Not terribly often. I've got so many other things to stress over that I try not to worry about something like death that seems rather far off. I'd imagine the average person doesn't think about death very often, except when forced to confront it. And no, I'm not at all offended that you asked me these questions.
Stable Strangeletcuthalion on May 8th, 2007 09:11 am (UTC)
I have no idea what is typical, but for me, it's largely motivated by events. In February a coworker died. A few weeks ago I saw a dead guy in a pool of blood on the street. In few months ago someone told me he thought I was really brave for walking around at night, and asked me if I was afraid of death. These things all make me think about death a lot, though it's not really something I actually worry about.

I believe it's important to live each and every day as though your life were finite.

Also, I'm pretty hard to offend.
Epic Dude: weetabixmorecake on May 8th, 2007 09:30 am (UTC)
It'd be difficult to put an accurate number on how often I think about my own death, but I'd go for an average of maybe every few days or so. This is a lot less than I used to, but then, I'm a goth ;-)
I think about other people's more often if a) I like them and they're late coming back or something or b) they're really, really annoying me ;-D

And no, I'm not offended or creeped out. I think that's the sort of question blogs are just right for.
atelierlune on May 8th, 2007 11:58 am (UTC)
When you say think about death, do you mean a meditation about it or just thinking? Death crosses my mind every day for the sheer fact that I hear about someone dying on the news every day, but when it comes to my own passing, or perhaps that of civilization as they postulate it these days, that comes to more like once or twice a week. I'm kind of stressed out though.

I imagine that "normal" people are terrified of the concept, and while they might actually have more shallow thinking about death, they do little or no greater meditation on the subject.

And I'm absolutely not offended by the question, but I do feel the urge to continue the conversation with you.
Hoc Est Qui Sumus: Ouroborosdiscoflamingo on May 9th, 2007 02:15 am (UTC)
For the purpose of my question, let's consider it a "meditation about" or a "dwelling on" death.
❀✯ L.E. Arroway ✭✈: finn paganlyght on May 8th, 2007 12:17 pm (UTC)
Um, often enough? Last night watching The Daily Show where Ted Koppel was a guest talking about his new Living With Cancer series? I'd say usually about monthly or so.

I tend to think most often of the deaths of friends and relatives, rather than my own. I think it's a way of escaping that implanted Fundie memeage in my brain and yet contemplating the fact of death at the same time. The Fundie stuff ("OMG they told me I'm going to hell when I was little, so when I die, I'm freakin' going to hell?") and secondary fundamental rationalism ("biologically nothing is going on, so that's the end of the story - non-being") really makes it hard to look the thing in the face without sheer terror. I think this is part of the reason I have turned towards Paganism and Eastern philosophies. The cyclic aspects of nature are a given fact more important than any particular individual, and it at least makes a comforting story (for me, if not for Buddhists) to think that those cycles may extend to individual consciousness. Not to mention that, well, I've seen and heard some pretty interesting and fairly convincing things about *other people's* consciousness extending beyond the realm of their physical bodies...enough so that I have been forced to replace the fundamental rationalism with, shall we say, agnostic rationalism.

I tend to assume I'm average in the amount of time I spend thinking about death, but I think I come at it a little differently from the majority of people. And like others, I'm more interested than offended.
astcetc snafuwonderlandkat on May 8th, 2007 12:43 pm (UTC)
I'd say sometimes I don't think about it much at all, more at other times. I believe my gods have the matter firmly in hand, however, so I think that cuts out one stage of worry.

I'm going to have to disagree with everyone else and say that the "average" person probably thinks about death more then everyone has mentioned. Maybe not the average 20year old, but certainly most older people give it more than a passing thought every once in a while.
nettness: Hornblower: *stalks*bondchick_nett on May 8th, 2007 01:20 pm (UTC)
Uh. In a real way only as often as I have to, I've had much too much death in my life to do more than that, if I thought about it a lot seriously I'm sure I'd be a much more subdued person.

Probably talk about death in some capacity more than once a day -- but normally in the... hack and slash "WOO FUN CAUSE WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT ISN'T REAL" way a lot.

I dream of horrible death of myself or others pretty much every night. No idea, why, I still manage to wake up bubbly every morning. XD

I have no idea how often an average person thinks about death. I hope not often. I do hope they realise what they need to do in the event of it when it happens to a loved one, and how to deal and are prepared to go through a proper mourning process if it does. And I hope they realise that they will die one day and are watchful of it but don't obsess about it. But this is all I hope.

Why would anyone be offended by that question?
Hoc Est Qui Sumus: [Gladiator - War is Hell]discoflamingo on May 9th, 2007 01:43 am (UTC)
In America, talking about death (or sex, or violence, or any number of Puritanical taboo thingers) is considered impolite. While I don't imagine it would affect most of the people on my friends-list, the possibility exists.
Doomutilitygeek on May 8th, 2007 01:35 pm (UTC)
I think about death very rarely. That is entirely intentional.
like a hundred billion hot dogs: pic#46689648half_double on May 8th, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
How often do you think about death? It's cyclical. I'll think about it several times a day for a month, then I'll go a month without thinking about it at all. I am helped immensely by channeling those thoughts towards something constructive: instead of just formless terrors about the nature of nothingness and eternity (blech), I plan my funeral, write my obituary, research Minnesota burial laws, help the fine folks at Portages create a natural cemetary where I wouldn't have to be embalmed and buried in a concrete grave liner.

How often do you think an "average person" thinks about death? I don't know these "average persons" of whom you speak. My ancestors are a long line of people who stare at their ceilings at 4 a.m., contemplating all manner of things, probably including death. I bet most people think about it far more often than they're willing to admit.

Do you feel offended that I asked you this question? Not only am I not offended, I'm relieved that someone other than me thinks about these things (not "these things" meaning death per se, but wondering how they "stack up" against others when it comes to thinking about...these things).
Abra SWcloudscudding on May 8th, 2007 03:11 pm (UTC)
Probably a couple of times per week, not counting news-related or entertainment-media-related thoughts.

Silly man, there is no such thing as an "average person," so clearly they can't think about death at all.
Hoc Est Qui Sumus: For Science!discoflamingo on May 9th, 2007 01:41 am (UTC)
There is in fact an "average person", in the purely statistical sense. No human being is that person (I hope), but the idea of the person exists.