October 13, 2006

Killing Yourself To Live [reading]

"For as long as I can remember, I've had a theory that life on earth is purgatory, because life on earth seems to have all the purgatorial qualities that were once described to me by nuns. Sometimes I think that the amount of time you live on earth is just an inverse reflection of how good you were in a previous existence ; for example, infants who die from SIDS were actually great people when they were alive 'for real,' so they get to go to heaven after a mere five weeks in purgatory. Meanwhile, anyone Willard Scott ever congratulated for turning 102 was obvious a terrible individual who had many, many previous sins to pay for."

Chuck Klosterman, Killing Yourself to Live


pk said...

I met someone today who has been in purgatory for a long time. Mental illness, horrible family splits, unruly children, homelessness, disease, and on and on. She still seemed to have a certain amount of joy though. It was kind of touching.

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