By Tom Jokinen
At forty-four Tom Jokinen started to heavily query the secular funeral rites which are taking on the undefined: is that this rather the way in which we wish to say our ultimate goodbyes? The query had one of these challenging grip on his Finnish soul that he made up our minds to give up his task that allows you to develop into an apprentice undertaker. Curtains is set what he discovered, from the mundane to the macabre. one of the issues he discovered: in cremation, the guts and head are the final elements to burn; red lipstick seems to be top on a lifeless guy; funeral administrators were identified to bounce throughout the carrier - out of sight of funeral goers, after all, and with the maximum admire for the lifeless. For an individual who's secretly questioned why they paid $2000 for a 5-lb bag of airborne dirt and dust - or puzzled no matter if that airborne dirt and dust used to be relatively the individual they enjoyed - Curtains lifts the veil at the funeral within the twenty first century.
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Just like the rest of us, A. had lost his way in time. 7 Because the time that he found again did not have a chronological structure, because it was moreover only lived time and as such independent of bio graphically fixed dates, A. looked for it in the levels of intensity of what had died away. But they were also changing in time and with time . Even before he was taken out of space, he himself stepped out of spaciality and the world given in the present, of which he said that he had seen it previously only through his "de ceitful senses .
What he indistinctly notices in deep ambigu ity and contradiction and is scarcely able to advance to thoughts in words is something like this: You poor stomach that served me faithfully and digested what I took in so that I did not notice or even possess you, you who were concerned that the stream of humors in my body not run dry! You poor leg, you've been carry ing me through a world of streets, mountains, cobblestones, and gas pedals! Now you've been taken from time and work and can't do any more; you're both tired, just like my heart that won't allow me anymore to go upstairs two steps at a time.
And this shadowy ego-in-time has the emotional quality of inert mourning and resignation; that eventually neither the ego in-the-world nor the ego-in-time can be reality. And yet all of us are still real and a part of reality as long as we remain in space and carry time within us. Only when our all-toostrenuous medi�ations about existence and the passage of time, condemned to futility from the start, have driven us into madness or suicide, are the contradictions finally resolved in the absurdity \ 24 I ON A G ING of lunacy or self-destruction.