God's Own Waterboard
My old cyber friend Bill Vallicella has an interesting post on death in which he divides the process into three parts:
There is dying, there is being dead, and there is the momentary transition from the one to the other.I think of a similar three-stage process:
There is living, there is being dead, and there is the transition from the one to the other.Bill's threefold division is doubtless superior to mine, but I want to be honest about how I've long thought because I do have a fear of dying, and that fear is a fear that the process from living to being dead might be painful.
Specifically, I worry that I might choke to death from fluid in my lungs.
That might sound like a weird thing to worry about, but there it is, like God's own waterboard, awaiting me at my time of demise . . .