The Yucatan Yenta
Last week I sent the questionnaire below out to some friends. The answers were so instrospective and varied, and I think helpful to others, that I decided to compile them into an article.
I’d like to open this up to all the readers. If you wish to answer one or all of the questions below, please do so and send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks. This is a huge job and might take me a while, so please respond as soon as you can. Here is the email I sent out:
Last week I saw “Hereafter” directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Matt Damon. I can’t say it’s the best movie I’ve ever seen, but the questions it raises are lingering. I would like to write an article about perspectives on death, and I would like other people’s thoughts on it.
Here are some very personal questions. Not meant to be humorous. If you choose to answer, I will not in any way identify you. I will let you read the article before I publish it, so you can make sure your anonymity is guarded. If you want to change something at the review time, you are welcome to. I would deeply appreciate it if you would have the time and inclination to answer some of these questions.
Thanks, Please pass this on to anyone you think might be inclined to answer. I don’t need to know who they are.
What, if anything, do you think happens to us when we die?
What about death worries you the most?
Is the soul a separate entity that travels on? To where?
How do you feel about your own death? Are you afraid? What are you specifically afraid of? Pain? Erasure from the planet?
Do you believe the spirit lingers for a while when the body dies?
Why do you think we are programmed with a will to live?
Do you think that after you die you will “miss” your life?
What are your thoughts on reincarnation?
Do you feel we have some control about when we die? Or is it engraved in a plan we can’t change?
What do you think happens at the moment of death? Do we become dead flesh and bones or does something survive?
If you think that something survives, like a soul, do you think this entity has any way of communicating with or influencing those who are still alive?
What would you like your friends and family to do for you before you die?
Do you think you will have left the world a better or worse place for your having been here?
Any other comments you would care to make. Thanks.
If you don’t want me to know you sent this response, get yourself a new\temporary yahoo or google account and write from there. You can delete it afterwards. Just create an account called annie.lou.smetloff @google.com or email@example.com.
Please forward this to anyone you think might answer.
Probably the easiest way to do this is to copy the above into an email to me or a Word file, answer the questions in a different color or font, and send it.