Twelve years had passed since his body had been found upon the bluff before his cottage overlooking the Hudson, and oft-times during these long years I had wondered if John Carter were really dead, or if he again roamed the dead sea bottoms of that dying planet; if he had returned to Barsoom to find that he had opened the frowning portals of the mighty atmosphere plant in time to save the countless millions who were dying of
asphyxiation on that far-gone day that had seen him hurtled ruthlessly through forty-eight million miles of space back to Earth once more.
Veel eerder is dit iets van Dylan Thomas se bekende protes: "Do not go gentle into that good night, / OId age should burn and rave at close of day; / Rage, rage against the dying of
This is no joke: the hospice movement--not a product of scientific medicine but a reaction to it--has shown that a dying accompanied by a minimum of pain and a maximum of social interaction is healthier and better by far than the typical dying of
today, accompanied as it so often is by prolonged agony and isolation.
'n Besef van hierdie aard by 'n digter bring natuurlik 'n berusting: dis nie 'n Dylan Thomas wat "rage rage against the dying of
the light" nie.
Because we learn to look unflinchingly into the mystery of our own dying, we are not frightened by the dying of
others, and we can keep them company.
In both cases--originated by Compassion in Dying of
Seattle, Washington--the federal circuit courts have upheld physician aid in dying.