The Many Possible Ways of Death
“Death is very likely the single best INVENTION of life. It is life’s change agent. —— steve jobs“
Most probably a person wants to die in sleep but still not all may get such death. So, If a person in old age with almost all the organs gone and finds it hard to live and so he wants to die but may not probably commit a suicide. As most of the governments won’t allow mercy killing and as most of them might not get a death in sleep, how can a person himself die properly, relaxed and with less pain and not in a hospital?
Attachment to our body is like a gum connecting soul to body, family, wealth, home, society, etc. Stronger the gum, more difficult it is to separate the objects. Similarly stronger is our attachments, more difficult it will be for us to face the death when everything and everyone is separated from us.
Gita, a 700-verse Hindu scripture written in Sanskrit, teaches us that we are not the material body, but spirit soul. For soul, there is no death, even if material body dies. So at death, soul leaves material body and goes to another new body in a mothers womb depending on our karma. But away from all that, let’s talk about the causes of death.
Nearly 75% of all deaths in the US are attributed to just 10 causes, with the top 3 of these accounting for over 50% of all deaths. Over the last five years, the main causes of death in the US have remained fairly consistent, although unintentional injuries (accidents) became the fourth leading cause of death in 2013, while stroke became the fifth.
The most recent data (2013) reveals that annually there were 2,596,993 deaths registered in the US, which equates to: 1,2,41,44
- 1,306,034 males
- 1,290,959 females
THE TOP 10 LEADING CAUSES OF DEATH ARE:
- Heart disease
- Cancer (malignant neoplasms)
- Chronic lower respiratory disease
- Accidents (unintentional injuries)
- Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases)
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Diabetes (diabetes mellitus)
- Influenza and pneumonia
- Kidney disease (nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis)
- Suicide (intentional self-harm).
“BUT WHAT ABOUT THE UNUSUAL WAYS OF DEATH?”
Death, sometimes comes at the most unexpected way and the unexpected time. It’s life way of saying everyone are equal
“SOMETIMES IT’S TRAGIC, AND SOMETIMES IT’S UNFAIRLY FUNNY”
Here’s a selected list of the most unexpected and unusual deaths:
- 206 BC: The Greek philosopher Chrysippus of Soli is said to have died of laughter after watching a donkey trying to eat his figs.
- 258 AD: The deacon Saint Lawrence was roasted alive on a giant grill during the persecution of Valerian. Prudentius tells that he joked with his tormentors, “Turn me over—I’m done on this side”.
- 1478: George Plantagenet, Duke of Clarence, was allegedly executed by drowning in a barrel of Malmsey wine at his own request.
- 1667: James Betts died from asphyxiation after being sealed in a cupboard by Elizabeth Spencer, at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge in an attempt to hide him from her father, John Spencer.
- 1903: an unnamed person was beaten to death with a bible during a healing ceremony gone wrong in Honolulu. (probably Mozgus did it)
- 1923: George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon, who financed Howard Carter’s search for Tutankhamun, died at age 56 from a mosquito bite on his face, which he later cut while shaving. The bite became seriously infected with erysipelas, leading to blood poisoning and eventually pneumonia. Some attributed his death to the so-called curse of the pharaohs.
- 1977: Tina Christopherson, a woman reportedly having the IQ of 189, died when she fanatically drank 4 gallons (15 litres) of water a day to combat stomach cancer.
- 1993: Garry Hoy, a 38-year-old lawyer in Toronto, Canada, fell to his death on 9 July 1993 after he threw himself against a window on the 24th floor of the Toronto-Dominion Centre in an attempt to prove to a group of visitors that the glass was “unbreakable”, a demonstration he had done many times before. The glass did not break, but popped out of the window frame, and Hoy fell to his death.
- 2011: Jose Luis Ochoa, 35, died after being stabbed in the leg at an illegal cockfight in Tulare County, California, U.S., by one of the birds that was holding a knife.
- 2013: Takuya Nagaya, 23, from Japan, started to slither on the floor and claim he had become a snake. His mother took this to mean that he had been possessed by a snake, and called for her husband, 53-year-old Katsumi Nagaya. Katsumi spent the next two days head-butting and biting his son “to drive [out] the snake that had possessed him” but instead causing his death.
- 2013: 45-year-old João Maria de Souza was crushed by a cow falling through the roof of his home in Caratinga, Brazil (the cow having climbed onto the roof from an adjacent hillside). His wife (who was lying in bed next to him) and the cow were both unharmed. The death was labeled as “bizarre”.
- 2016: Robert Mwaijega, 47, a fisherman in Southern town of Kyela, Mbeya Region in Tanzania, died after one of the live fish that he had caught flip-flopped and jumped into his mouth, squeezing itself down his throat, into his chest and killing him.
NOW AFTER READING ALL THESE FREAK ACCIDENTS, HOW ABOUT YOU TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF BY DOING THE FOLLOWING:
- Don’t shake snack machines, they can fall on you.
Don’t mow hills side to side, they result from riding mowers toppling over sideways, crushing the drive.
Climb ladders carefully, how? Don’t Carry something while climbing the rungs.
Use generators safely, again, how? People leave portable generators running overnight near their homes, allowing odorless carbon monoxide to waft inside. Breathe easy by keeping generators more than 20 feet from your house.
Cross streams strategically, first toss a stick into the current; if it moves at a rate faster than a walking pace, don’t cross.
If you see a bear, freeze, seriously, don’t run. It can outrun you easily. Instead, resist the urge to run, which can trigger the beast’s predatory instinct. Oh, and always carry repellent pepper spray when hiking; it can deter a charging bear from up to 30 feet away.
THOSE WERE TO AVOID THE FREAKY ACCIDENT, NOW HOW ABOUT SOME WAYS TO MAXIMIZE PRODUCTIVITY BY AVOIDING DEATH:
- Don’t smoke, and if you do, quit.
- Always go for a checkup! Visit the doctor regularly.
- Buy a safer car. You can lower this risk not only by driving carefully but also by opting for a safer car.
- Take care of your teeth! some research has shown that there is a connection between gum disease and heart disease, although they’re still unsure why.
- Avoid obesity. You probably can’t run a marathon, but any physical activity is better than none.
- Limit excessive drinking. Don’t drink or drive, or drink..or drive.
A summary of today’s lesson
- the average life expectancy of humans was 31 years old in 1901. And in just over 100 years that average has gone up to 71.
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- People can die from selfies, 27 died from selfie-related accidents in 2015.
- Scientific advancements such as antibiotics and vaccines have allowed us to die less often of the flu or TB, and even decreased how often we die of cancer.
- In the 1970’s the survival rate from cancer was only 50% – today that has increased to 68% with 15.5 million cancer survivors alive in the US today.
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- Sudden deaths do happen, with 136,053 people dying of unintentional injuries or accidents in 2014, in the US.
- Where you live has a big impact on how you’re likely to die too.
- Females in Japan are less likely to die of heart disease, and live to 87 years old on average, This is often attributed to the Japanese diet.
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