The death conundrum

We’ve had a seismic breakdown when it comes to dealing with death.We live in fragmented societies, precariously held together in cyberspace. We hardly know the name of our neighbours, let alone pay our respects at their open casket. Gone are the traditional community structures which have, for centuries, made death the familiar and mundane.

We live in an age where death is grotesquely paraded through televised autopsies, but where anti-ageing products are incessantly advertised and instant fame offers an illusionary immortality. We’ve developed a resistance to our inevitable fate.

But our poster girl for instant fame, Jade Goody, has snapped us out of that delusion. She has brought us back into the cold reality – which is that for all of our virtual realities, we will die, and that death could snatch us at any given time.

Perhaps we are so engrossed in her tragic story because it has anchored us to a reality that we had lost – lost in the surreal haze in which she has had such a starring role.

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One response to “The death conundrum

  1. chazzle

    Agreed. It’s taken people a while to reconcile Jade, the national clown, with Jade, the terminally ill cancer patient. This is why when she announced having cervical cancer of national television months ago, she did not get half the coverage she is now. The country went into shock. Perhaps the exposure she’s getting now is an expression of press guilt for their previously savage attack on the Jade, the laughing stock – as allegedly happened following Princess Diana’s death.

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