What are the most important things you want to do?
That’s the question I have asked six wonderful interview partners. Let them inspire you to look death in the face more calmly and to accept that we are all going to die once anyway. Here I have selected a few highlights.
Have you done nothing since you think the extinction of the human species is possible?
Extinction Rebellion have incorporated the “evil” E-word into their name and the hourglass’s time into their logo. Even the young Fridays for Future movement talks about the possible end of the human species. Dramatic consequences of global warming are visible all over the world.
This is where I’d like to die … and it’s partly the place, right, I am surrounded by nature.
Catherine Thompson was born in Canada and now lives in Thailand. She is living anyway, as if it were her last year. We are talking about living in the woods, building instruments, music, and a little bit about forest spirits.
Although, if it’s just one year, I am considering filling an old chest freezer with a one year supply of ice cream, for my 93 old landlady Patricia, who I have the great good fortune to look after. And I must say she thinks it’s a great idea.
I am talking with journalist Jan Wyllie what’s most important for him in the last (imaginary) year.
If you try to accept that even the human species will go extinct in a short period of time, you may be confronted with uncertainty. How will extinction happen? Nobody of us has any experience with that. Uncertainty is hard to endure.
Do a thought experiment with me and find out what death – knocking on the door – wants to tell us.