Thursday, July 17, 2008

Prepare for death

There is something comical about this government's assumption of cradle-to-grave competence. Provided they haven't identified you as a criminal in the womb and ASBOed your foetal ass, they can ensure you have a fulfilling, non-food wasting, exercise taking, non-smoking, obesity-avoiding life.

But as you live and move and have your being in this society that the government has 're-built', take care that in your bliss you forget not that one day, perhaps sooner than you think, you're going to die. It is because people are, in the government's estimation, generally insufficiently prepared for the Grim Reaper, that they have come forward with this initiative:
"Funeral homes and crematoria will be encouraged to hold open days as part of a government plan to help people better prepare for death.

Ministers believe such events will make death and dying less taboo subjects, and will encourage more people to make wills and plan for where they want to spend their final days."
You read it here first: the task that the government has set itself is nothing more or less than to make death 'less taboo'. Good luck with that. I think you'll find your only slightly less esoteric goal of 'raising aspirations' a walk in the park compared to this one.

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