And we have the dreaded CAPSLOCK WEAPON..
The whole debate on
..faster than it is becoming the past."
(That may be a paraphrase of a quote in the last year or so from a lady whose name I can't recall. Nor can I find the original text where it appeared. But it has stuck with me just the same. My apologies to the original author.)
Why did the Ren 'n Stimpy Happy Helmet just jump into my thoughts?
During my wife's battle with cancer 20 years ago, she "coded out" two times, once when I was with her in the ICU, once on the operating table. She had the full-up near-death experience each time.
She described pretty much what you've all read in the other personal accounts of such events.
Whatever the biology, or even the physics (some have proposed a type of quantum entanglement occurs) of near-death are, I can affirm that it changed the way my wife looks at the nature of her life and existence in general. I am not unscathed by it, of course, but it is among the most deeply personal experiences one can have.
Although probably obvious, I'll close by saying my wife and I are still married and she has been cancer-free since the ordeal.
The waiter approached.
"Would you like to see the menu?" he said, "or would you like meet the Dish of the Day?"
"Huh?" said Ford.
"Huh?" said Arthur.
"Huh?" said Trillian.
"That's cool," said Zaphod, "we'll meet the meat."
--Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
At this point, it's just branding. There was a time when Black Hat was correctly titled, but that train has long since left the station.
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