There’s an amazing, dam-busting conversation going on in the forums at the near-death.com site: http://ow.ly/8vfXj
Titled “The case for distressing/hellish NDE study,” the thread has grown to 104 posts in a week’s time. And they’re substantive, interesting (sometimes downright fascinating), mostly respectful posts. I called the thread “dam-busting” because of both its size and the richness of its content.
All sorts of sub-topics are emerging: questions of what constitutes “reality,” the nature of being, whether distressing NDEs are morally contingent, the role of personality and behavioral history. In short, it’s the kind of conversation we haven’t heard in the past three decades.
Even if you want simply to lurk, it’s worth sitting in. Read through the comments and see the range of discussion. It’s just great! Huge thanks go to RabbitDawg (yes, our own RabbitDawg) for opening the conversation. He really started something! And as always, thanks to Kevin Williams for the near-death.com site and its wealth of forums. See you there!
In local news, Bruce Greyson has returned from presenting an invited paper at a conference with the Dalai Lama at his compound in Dharmasala, India, and has sent the foreword for Dancing Past the Dark. The book’s index is almost finished, and it and the cover are expected by week’s end. Its appearance for Nooks, Kindles, and other e-readers is definitely coming closer! And because of that, I am awash in the major task of today’s authors, preparation for marketing the book. (If you Tweet, look for me at @nancyevansbush, or from your browser, type http://twitter.com/nancyevansbush ). It’s a whole new world out there! There is no end to learning curves.
Nancy McGinty says
My NDE was not unpleasant. I had beings in the upper corner of my hospital room. I believe that we are all in need of different lessons. Some of us learn from easy lessons i.e. tap on the shoulder and some need a firmer hand, i.e. tap with a sledge hammer. I have watched this sort of thing happen in life on earth. Why wouldn’t the same happen when we die?
Just because we believe that life and even death should be fair, it’s not necessarily so.
What a super comment! Thank you. “It ain’t necessarily so,” indeed.
Don O says
Life is simply what it is, at least once we leave our judgment and perceptions out of it. I once upon a time thought that life wasn’t fair, but after a series of experiences, I’ve come to realize that it is neither fair, nor not fair. It is simply life and because of that I’ve come to enjoy all that life offers, even if I might once have looked at it as bad or negative.