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You sit on a plane that is about to crash

NamadaNamada Veteran
edited March 6 in General Banter

If you are on a plane that is about to crash within 10 minutes. What thoughts would have gone through your head? Your family and friends are not on the plane and you can not contact them.

Would you be ready to face death and accept it?


  • eggsavioreggsavior Illinois, USA Explorer

    Currently I'm too wrapped up in judging the present and all my hope is staked on the future. So I would mourn the loss of that future. But I would also think about all the people I've met and things I've done. And I would try to keep a visualisation of the 3 Buddhas. I think when faced with death, knowing there is no alternative, we are forced to accept it, or resign ourselves to it. It would comfort me knowing everything dies and I am not alone in dying, even if it feels that way.

  • DakiniDakini Veteran
    edited March 6

    One doesn't have much choice, but to accept the inevitable. The alternative is to go screaming bonkers in the middle of a crowded plane, or to sit quietly sobbing, or something. People who have survived plane crashes (imagine what went through the minds of everyone on the plane that landed on the Hudson River!) say they were regretting not being able to say "goodbye" to loved ones (others managed to leave a voice message), but there's not much else one can do, but follow instructions and assume life will be over shortly.

    Stories from Near Death Experiencers who were in plane crashes are interesting. We imagine the worst; that our last minutes will be horribly gruesome and painful, but one person said that as the plane was going down, an angel appeared at their plane window, and told them it was there to take them away. Somehow, the passenger followed the angel, and escaped the final moments. Of course, the person's body didn't escape it, but the person's conscious awareness did.

    ...if that makes any sense.

  • karastikarasti Breathing Minnesota Veteran

    I really am not sure. hope that as the plane falls out of the sky I quickly lose consciousness so I don't have to deal with it spiraling towards the ocean, lol. I think I would do my best to attempt to prepare for a smooth yet abrupt transition to death and rebirth, but I'm not very sure how likely I would be to keep my state of mind about me to remember to do so. Thus, I practice, lol

  • techietechie India Veteran

    @Namada said:
    If you are on a plane that is about to crash within 10 minutes. What thoughts would have gone through your head?

    Reruns of LOST, lol. :p

  • genkakugenkaku Northampton, Mass. U.S.A. Veteran

    Perhaps there might be some sense of the uselessness of using too much time on what-if questions. True, it's easier than enjoying life as it is, but leading a life in hypothetical camouflage ... ????

    Well, perhaps I would scream my head off ... or maybe not ... is it time for recess yet? :)

  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    Well said @genkaku

    Don't mention 'I scream' or @SpinyNorman will be demanding a killer portion ...

    ... and now back to the sensible

  • This would be a horror of fear and acceptance, ultimately. This would be the challenge of a lifetime - to be present, clear and aware at the splintering moment of my death. The hardest part would be my screaming being drowned out by all the screaming go on around me......

  • eggsavioreggsavior Illinois, USA Explorer

    @IronRabbit "the splintering moment of my death" was very poignant and powerful word choice

  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Moderator

    If I'm honest, I have absolutely no fekkin' clue what I would do, think, say or react with.
    I'd be wondering how the Pilot must be feeling though. I had that thought during a rather bumpy, turbulent (understatement of the year.....) flight home over the Alps from Italy, and I also remember thinking that clearing up the debris in the Alps would be a hell of a job, particularly as it would be on the cross-border between Italy and France....

    Ah, how the mundane becomes the most important thing, in a moment of crisis.

    A woman my mother knew when I was younger, almost drowned, and recounted later that her life did NOT flash before her eyes as has so often been opined of drowning victims. Her final thought before she lost consciousness, was that she had forgotten to take out the shepherd's pie from the freezer, for supper that night.....

  • NamadaNamada Veteran
    edited March 7

    Some think about angels other think about sheperds pie, dose it really matter what kind of state we are in when death occurs?

    I know Dalai Lama is contemplating death everyday through meditation, and it is important that you have one tranquil and accepting mind when you meet the end. Pherhaps not so easy in a plain crash or other sudden death situations.

  • karastikarasti Breathing Minnesota Veteran

    In Tibetan Buddhism, it can matter, but has more to do with your overall state of mind leading up to and not just at the moment of death. But if you can be in a calm place the transition is smoother. I don't know how to explain that very well, Tibetans usually believe in a series of states of existence called Bardos and the time between lives can be influenced by your state of mind at the moments before and at death. I can't say I understand it all that well. But they do frequently believe that your state of mine before and during death does make a difference, which is why they have so many instructions on what to do for people who are dying.

  • NamadaNamada Veteran
    edited March 9

    New invention to save people from airplane crash, does it work in real life?

  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    What thoughts would have gone through your head?

    "Uh-oh...Here we go again".....

    Would you be ready to face death and accept it?

    "I" would never be ready ....but "non-self" couldn't care less :)

  • NirvanaNirvana aka BUBBA   `     `     ` `     ` Outa Range Fridays thru Sundays South Carolina, USA Veteran

    My main concern would be whether I would deal with all the screaming people. Really, it's just a ride!

  • SpinyNormanSpinyNorman It's still all old bollocks Veteran

    @Namada said:
    If you are on a plane that is about to crash within 10 minutes. What thoughts would have gone through your head? Your family and friends are not on the plane and you can not contact them.

    Would you be ready to face death and accept it?

    I'd probably be worrying about whether I turned off the gas. :p

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