Do you believe in magic?
I definitely do! My best friend reads tarot cards, and his predictions for me have always been accurate. I have to believe in magic! And I'm not the only one.
In the 1600s, people were notorious for believing in witchcraft. That's what led to the famous Salem Witch Trials. We don't torture or burn people at the stake anymore -- thankfully -- but that doesn't mean the belief in witchcraft has faded.
People make money by boasting the power of Sight. Magical talismans are sold for protection. Ouiji boards are constantly used to try and contact the dead.
Then there are people who have witnessed actual witchcraft themselves. If seeing is believing, those people are definitely believers.
Redditor hows_my_driving1, wanting to know more about real witchcraft, asked:
"people of reddit who have practiced or witnessed acts of witchcraft, voodoo or the occult. What was your experience?"
"It’s been healing. I cast a spell against my abuser. It was empowering to face not only the memories but forever banish them from my life. A week later she was arrested and finally charged."
Geographical Mind Reading
"I drove over to Salem on hot August morning and killed some time in the tourist district. One shop owner asked me if I wanted a psychic appt, but I told her I was just in to buy a candle. She laughed and grabbed my hand lightly and said "So you grew up in Reading.""
"She was right."
The Power of Sight
"little backstory first my grammy was a christian witch she told me when she was about to die when i was 4 and that this is in my blood to predict personal events, she told me how you have to listen to those little voices you hear but can’t pinpoint. anyways i’ve seen a 10ft tall shadowy figure with a deer skull and glowing yellow eyes my entire life this is what tells me the events i can “see” through it if i connect to a person with rituals we do together idk what i’d do without it honestly it scared me the first 16 years of my life but it’s been nothing but comforting since i accepted it"
Expelling The Cold
"I’m pretty sure my grandma practiced some sort of witchcraft. When i was really young maybe 4-5 i remember her taking me, my brother, and my cousin to this sort of church basement-like dark room and the only light was a small fire in the middle of the room. there was about 20 people in the room including a few more kids. I remember the adults had all the kids line up and walk around the room and once we got to the middle there was an old lady that essentially fire bended around each kid. I only remember this because it was the warmest i’ve ever been and i’ve had problems with always being cold ever since."
"So when I was a teenager I started practicing Buddhism. Or at least what I thought was Buddhism as I never went to a temple. Just read books and whatever I found on the net. Well at this point I believed in the possibility of magic. I wanted to be a healer. So I looked up whatever I could find about healing magic. I actually don't remember what I read. I know I used key terms like "Tibetan" and "shaolin" and even "druid" rather than "black magic" or "occult"
"One of the things I learned was the need for long spans of deep meditation. So after school I would often meditate for 30 mins to 2 or 3 hours. I did feel things, I did feel different. I even felt at some point that I had ascended to a higher meditative ability. However I only practiced healing magic once and the result is worth mentioning."
"The event begins with my then-girlfriend being very sick. Idk with what but very sick. High temp, pretty sure she was throwing up but she was stuck in bed for a few days so it was rough. Anyways, I told her I wanted to try and help her. Try to remove the negative energy, purify it and send it back. I sat and meditated as I believed I basically needed to "charge up". I meditated for literally between 4 and 6 hours. Might've fallen asleep. I begin the "procedure" which is to trace the body without touching it. The right hand ahead of the left. The right pulls out the negative energy, the energy is purified within the body and send back through the left. (read this somewhere)"
"Here's where things get weird. I was about half done and I accidently touched her forearm with my thumb. The result was a blue, thick arc of static leapt from my thumb and shocked her. she screamed like she had been pinched. I apologized of course but we soon noticed she had a sooty burn mark on her forearm and another near her own thumb where the electricity exited her body. She retained that mark for a quite a while but that's not the end of it. That night, minutes after the shock she asked for a glass of water. I left her room, to cross the living room to get to the kitchen. ...as I passed under the dome light fixture in the living room.... the lightbulb inside literally explodes and the light goes out. I still got the water."
"The next day her mom confirmed that the bulb had indeed completely shattered inside the dome and strangely enough my gf was completely better the next day."
"I never practiced healing magic again because I decided I had gotten lucky and that I probably could have hurt her."
Always Complete The Ritual
"A lot of people aren’t going to believe me and that’s fine. You shouldn’t believe half of the things on the internet anyways but I’m saying that this actually did happen."
"So back in the summer last year I started getting more into witch craft and rituals. Spell jars, incense, herbs, moon water, all that jazz. So after I did a bunch of research on how to make spell jars and the steps to go through it I decided I wanted to finally make a protection spell jar (that’s the first spell jar or spell you have to do before you start anything else). So I did everything I remembered to do, I lit incense and cleansed the jar and my work space, I told each herb what it’s purpose was as I put it from my hand into the jar, and I used a white candle to seal it. Keep in mind I did this around 11:30-12:00 at night. So I started to get a little dizzy and tired (assumed it was just from the incense) and decided to go to bed."
"I was laying down in my bed and I felt kinda weird like something was just off like that kind gut feeling? So I peak over a little on the side of my bed and out of the corner of my eye I saw this black figure was just sitting on the ground starring at me, and then I quickly turned my head fully and it looked like it’s whole body just smacked on the ground and dragged underneath my bed. Of course I turn my phone flash on and I start freaking out and I quickly look up wtf that was and if I accidentally caused it."
"Turned out I didn’t pray to my spirit guide for safety before I did the spell so the thing I saw was a “shadow man”, and they usually show up if you did something in the spell wrong. Idk just thought I’d share my creepy experience:)."
Now You See Them, Now You Don't
"I was a member of a ghost hunting crew in my free time for a few years. On one occasion, we were investigating at an old mental hospital/Tuberculosis hospital. It was a huge building with four floors. Did a walk through a few hours before and were on the property all day setting up cameras and equipment. Fast forward to about half way through the investigation."
"We'd been through most of the building and decided to go to the basement at about 3-4am. While walking through we started hearing some weird noises on the opposite side of the hospital. We made our way over and saw light coming from underneath a door. Disclaimer, this building had no electricity. So obviously, we were spooked. We opened the door and that's when we saw about 6 or 7 people sitting around a pentagram drawn on the floor surrounded by candles, and a dead cat in the middle. They all had on black cloaks and red masks. Very horror movie like. We were frozen in terror until one stood up, maintaining eye contact with me, and ran toward us. I slammed the door shut and we all took off."
"We got outside and immediately called the cops. When they arrived, we took them to the room, and the people were gone. No candles, no pentagram, no dead cat. Just disappeared. The cops thought we were crazy but we went through footage on a go-pro I had strapped to my chest that caught it all. I don't have the footage anymore, unfortunately, but honestly I don't know if I ever want to see it again."
"Should also note that the only entrance/exit to this hospital is where we came in and out. The backdoor was boarded shut, and we couldn't find any broken windows anywhere. We were by the front door when we called the cops and didn't leave it. They never came in or out of that door that night. We had a camera on the door all day, and they never went in, and we never saw them come out before the cops got there. Only thing I can assume is they either live in that basement, or aren't actually alive. Still have nightmares to this day of opening that door, and the eye contact held with the man that ran at me. I'll never know what happened, but I left the crew and never looked back after that night."
"Had an uncle who would consult witchdoctors to do harm to my dad who was a successful doctor. He and my dad had quite an age gap, so at a point in time, he paid for my dad's fees. Then was in disbelief that my dad had so much success so he begun to consult witchdoctors and things would happen ie unexplained accidents etc."
"There was a time the roof of our house would flap like there were animals jumping, and we heard noises like chicken or rats but when my brother would climb up to check, he would see nothing. With alot of prayers these incidents stopped, but to this day, we still find strange bottles with liquid and stuff ie feathers, bones planted around our village house. When I was younger, like 8, one time I was upset and sulking, and couldn't sleep. When I got up to put the light on, I felt hot breath on my neck. I was shocked and scared, but my parents came and said they saw nothing. When I put out the lights I heard someone breathing heavily. So I would block my ears and sleep, as my parents would say its nothing, and I was an only girl so I slept alone while my brothers slept in the other room, and my parents had their own room."
"There was onetime I saw an old lady in my room. She just sat there on the chair beside my bed in traditional garb. I would shut my eyes and just sleep, as no one would believe me. But when I was in campus years later, my dad said he stayed with a great aunt who was a sorcerer and he heard her speaking to evil spirits in the night. She would be slapping the ground and talking to them like they were little mischievous children. My dad never saw them."
"There are two areas in Kenya known for witchcraft, and we come from one of them. With alot of prayers, God has intervened in our lives rescuing us from bad situations.""
Last Resort Magic
"I remember having to lean on “witchcraft” to help keep my friend from getting deported, because there was a point where it seemed like nothing else could be done (I just flipped a cigarette in my pack, like back in the first two world wars, and I would smoke that cigarette to “cast my spell”)"
"Next thing you know, something happened that ended up working out in his favor, thus he got to come back home."
"Not to sound like that person, but I’m 70% convinced that if I didn’t do that, it would have ended terribly for him and everyone else that knew and loved him."
The Art Of Tarot
"I read tarot cards and so far I have always been accurate. I can read for people who have always had no luck with readings as they are described as "unreadable". My partner thinks it's all bull turd but asked me to do a reading for him and it hit every single nail on the head for stuff even I didn't know about him. I am a practicing witch but i only do small things for me and my close people. Spells, protection, cleansing that kind of thing. I've had way too many experiences of seeing things and experiencing things for me to deny any of its existence. Since I was a small child."
If I didn't believe in witchcraft before, I certainly would after those stories! What do you think?
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Being an emergency responder is a high-stress job.
It's a career with long, laborious hours.
There is always a hint of danger. And death is always around the corner.
So we as a society could try to help these people out and not put ourselves in unnecessary danger.
Redditor Diligent-Log6805wanted the rescue workers out there to tell us about the times they rescued people. They asked:
"Emergency responders of reddit, what are some dumb things that have lead to an emergency situation?"
These workers and the world already has enough trouble without my stupid.
"So... was she impressed?"Idiot Reaction GIFGiphy
"Kid driving his new truck down a residential street, wet from a recent rain, lost control and hit a parked car, overcorrected and rolled it once back onto its wheels up onto a lawn. He told the fire chief he had gunned it to impress his girlfriend and the chief just looked at him and asked 'So... was she impressed?'"
"I had a client once who was basically Ricky from Trailer Park Boys, loud, obnoxious, hilarious and every second word was some Maritime slang or a derivative of 'f**k.' He has been on daily eye drops for decades for dry eyes, sure ok cool. I hear screaming down the hall and run in and he's wedged against the wall and the bed just screaming 'I f**ked up boys, I dunno what the f**k is f**king happening but It's f**ked."
"Turns out he mistakenly put Jublia which is an antifungal ointment for toenails in his eye thinking it was his eye drops. The strangest part was the bottle has this miniature sponge at the end so you soak the sponge then paint it on like a gel...he painted this antifungal ointment onto his eye which immediately went red and angry then proceeded to do the other one."
"So he's at the eyewash station and I'm talking to poison control and they are pretty stunned because they have zero data on what happens to a human eyeball when it's painted in antifungal. I can hear the staff at the other end kind of snickering under her breath and she asks can you compare and contrast the eyes? Well... he put it in both eyes. The line goes silent because I can tell she is howling. Guy was totally fine but it was a standout for sure."
Will they show?
"Responded to a call of two minors being kidnapped and their parents being beaten in front of them and then taken someplace else. One was around three years and the other one was six. They were held captive in an apartment out of hundreds of residential apartments which not easy to locate, upon reaching there we found out that the boy six was just playin' with us to see if we would actually respond. Their parents were so embarrassed by all of that and vowed to not give them mobile until they are adults."
"When I was an EMT in NYC years ago we had a call for a man 'unresponsive.' We entered an upscale apartment that was a hoard: floor to ceiling newspapers and magazines, just a mess. The woman who called said her brother was in his bedroom sick."
"We entered his room and it was pretty obvious that he had already passed away. She had placed a bowl under his mouth because he had hemorrhaged which had coagulated the day before it was crazy. We asked her why she hadn’t called sooner and she said thought he’d get better?!"
"The joke around the house was 'if you have to put a bowl under a relative who is bleeding from the mouth, call 911. Don’t wait.' Never thought we’d have to advise anyone to do that. But there ya go. Also, it was Thanksgiving. Didn’t eat any cranberry sauce that year."
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"Had a guy call because he had the cure to Covid and needed a ride to the local education hospital so he could share it. Dude was so high on meth He ended up having 4 or 5 binders worth of scientific looking notes. God only knows what was actually in them."
Wow, people really need to get a grip. Of their minds.
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"One of my old bosses once built a new shed in his back yard, to replace his old, worn-out one. He moved everything from the old one to the new one, then decided that the best way to remove the old one was by burning it down. He ended up with no sheds and the nickname 'Sparky.'"
Dead in the living room...
"Paramedic here. We responded to this 54 year old having chest pain. Man was having a heart attack. Dude didn't want to go to the hospital because it too early in the day. That's it. We tried to convince him to go. Got the ER doc to talk to him and he wouldn't budge. He signed a Refusal. Later that same night, his family found him. Dead in the living room. We got to him and started CPR, meds, everything. Dude didn't make it. When we advise you to go to the hospital, go."
"Got called to a shooting. A guy says he received a text message from an anonymous number saying his brother has been shot. He checks all the hospitals with no luck. He goes to his brother's apartment but gets no response at his door but sees his car and can hear the TV on. We get there, attempt to get an answer at the door."
"Eventually we kick the door in to make sure he wasn't dying in his apartment. We boot the door, announce police, and find him asleep in his bed. The guy tells us that he got a new phone number and decided to mess with his brother by texting him he had been shot. He then fell asleep and forgot about the text and was woken up by us. So many wasted resources on his idiotic prank."
"Got called to a priority job. The caller was kayaking in a lake and said that there was an unresponsive male in the water. So off we went, lights and sirens. We requested paramedics and fire to attend as well for the rescue operation. There were about 6 emergency vehicles attending including a rescue boat. We got there within minutes and met the caller who showed us where the guy was."
"He was just swimming, minding his own business. The caller said he was unresponsive, but really he was just ignoring her. Had a chat with the guy, he seemed alright, said he swims here every day and likes the quiet. No issues. Would have been nice if the caller told the operator that he was still conscious and swimming rather than 'unresponsive.'"
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"Well, I was taking a lady home from dialysis and she decided to eat a snickers in the back of the ambulance, and she started choking. Had to do the heimlich, and tell her to finish her food at home."
If it's not a true emergency dial 311. Please.
I hated science classes.
As soon as I could I ran.
But it follows me.
Because science can be downright disturbing.
That's why I blocked out so many of the details.
Redditor Flimsy_Finger4291wanted to compare notes on all the frightening facts that are a definitive. They asked:
"What's the scariest thing that science has proven real?"
As if knowledge isn't scary enough, let's her more...
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"Some tumors have teeth, hair and even eyes."
"My sister had one minus the eyes! It was cantaloupe sized on one of her ovaries before it was found. She named it Terry the Teratoma."
"My best friend and bunk mate from summer camp died from one of those when I was in 7th grade. Happened so quickly, we were a week into camp and he got really sick. They gave us all heavy meningitis shots because they didn’t know what it was and within a few days he was dead. Turned out to be a brain eating amoeba."
"Edit: strangely enough on the same day he started getting sick one of the lifeguards that was sitting out in a boat waiting for the next group of kids for what we called Trojans Vs. Spartans day had a seizure, fell off the boat and drowned. Only deaths they’d ever had in the 50+ years the camp had been open."
Far Far Away
"The size of our galaxy, how many other galaxies there are and how far away they are. When you can actually see something that incomprehensible.."
"The nearest star to us would take the Voyager 70,000 years to reach. The nearest galaxy to ours would take the Voyager 749,000,000 years. If we some how managed to take on the monstrous task of speed of light travel it would still take 25,000 years to reach the nearest galaxy. And it's even further apart after you read this. Wild stuff!"
"How the brain is literally rewired and chemically altered by childhood neglect and abuse."
"It's genuinely kinda freaky, playing a puzzle game, and noticing how quickly you're getting better at it. The kind of puzzles that were a real blocker in the beginning become baby-easy after like an hour of playing puzzles like it."
"My sister faced horrible abuse at the hands of our father, and she has been working through it with multiple therapists over the last 10 years and she is only now starting to get her life back. I feel like she was robbed at a fair chance at life because of our a**hole father."
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"Prions, horrific and totally unpredictable."
"Fatal familial insomnia is a prions disease where you can't sleep anymore, you just stay awake until your brain deteriorates and you die."
Now I can never UNKNOW about prions. Perfect.
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"Ageing. I'm content with death but the idea of my body growing old, frail and eventually falling apart before the end game gives me goosebumps."
"Gamma ray bursts. No warning, no escape, no defense, no survivors."
"If you're talking about supernovas if the star isn't too close the gamma burst would probably only destroy some part of our ozone layer. And gamma radiation is actually the least lethal out of all types of waves."
"Entropy. Time shall consume all things. Inevitable heat death of the universe."
"I personally want the 'Big Crunch' to be true. That instead of fizzling out it all gets sucked back into an infinitely small/dense particle and then another Big Bang happens. It’s my explanation for the multiverse. It’s all one timeline. Just infinitely long."
"More like a theory, the 'orangutan paradox,' when we film a documentary on orangutans, they can’t realize that we are observing them, yet they are the most intelligent species of their category, so aliens might be watching us and we are as oblivious as an orangutan."
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"That hearing is the last sense to leave, when dying."
Well that is the antithesis of comfort. Life is so fun.
Ever since Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope opened on May 25, 1977, a devoted fanbase developed.
And that fanbase has opinions.
Lots and lots of opinions.
Redditor Ebo8000 wanted to know:
"What is your most controversial take on Star Wars?"
"LASERS LOCK DOORS. LASERS OPEN DOORS. LASERS KNOW WHAT YOU WANT THE DOOR TO DO."
"But if you get past the door and close it behind you and you don’t want anyone to follow you through it…"
"…you shoot the bloody door panel!"
"Also, f*cking hell, we're in the future (or in the past), whatever, and people have better technology."
"Why put the door control RIGHT NEXT to the door? Put the door control system in a breaker box."
"Build every door so in case of malfunction they all shut closed (after all, they're in space and you don't want to lose air in decompression, do you?)"
"Shoot the breaker box, now the whole floor is closed until someone can figure out what happened."
"Almost look like those doors just exist as dramatic elements..."
"I’d like a film about when the Republic was at its height. 1,000 generations is 25,000 years and we’ve had 9 movies about the last 60."
"Not sure if controversial but they need to take the franchise and yeet it 200 years in the future."
"I'm tired of the Empire era where they need to justify why more than 2 Jedi and 2 Sith exist at one moment alongside knowing everything is pointless until Luke leaves the farm."
Design Fail? No!
"The Death Stars weren't badly designed they were just badly managed."
"Yes, designing them assuming large scale assaults was stupid given the political state of the galaxy but the second Death Star wasn't even finished so that doesn't count, it's all Palpatine's fault. As for the first one that was finished, the Alliance made three runs on the exhaust port."
"The first was called off before they made it to the trench, the second failed and the third was carried out by space Jesus which isn't exactly fair."
"All in all it sounds like a fairly effective defence when you consider the design philosophy."
"The entire universe has a cool factor that outweighs the atrocious storytelling."
"Bro imagine the following movies, but if they were in Star Wars universe."
"Magnificent 7 - A Jedi, Bounty Hunter, Ex-Imperial, Pilot, Wookie, a Droid, and Lawman team up to defend a town against pirates"
"Dredd - Two Jedi climb up an apartment block to confront a new dark side user who has mental control of the entire apartment block"
"Supernatural (T.V. Show) - A Jedi and their apprentice go around and solve and defeat Dark Side Force spots—where the Force consolidates from emotions and creates foul creatures to fight"
"Top Gun - But it's you know, Wedge or something"
"Ford versus Ferrari - But it's podracing or swoop racing"
"Something about the ships in the original series always felt more like real ships than in any of the later movies, despite the objectively better effects of the later films."
"Some of this is probably the use of models (i.e. actual three dimensional objects), but I think there is some critical difference in the design that makes them feel more real (probably because they were designed to be things that would actually work as models)."
"Whatever it is, I LOVED the ships in the original series and never really liked any of the new ones."
"The original trilogy changed the world by showing a universe in space that was dirty and lived in. The special effects from the later movies did not recognize this."
"Boba Fett is an oddly overrated background character, and even after watching The Book of Boba Fett, I don’t really care about him."
"He was never a character. He was a cool helmet."
"He was a cool jetpack too."
Time for the weather...
"Han is actually older than Obi-Wan due to Time Dilation."
"Time dilation in a universe where every planet and moon has the same gravity and atmosphere?"
"And just 1 biome."
"That way they only need one Weather Channel per planet."
"And over to Klaatu for the Tatooine weather report. Klaatu?"
"It's still sunny."
These are the droids we're looking for.
"Star Wars is actually the life story of C-3PO—think about it."
"I disagree. I think its R2-D2's story. He had a much greater presence in Episode 1, 2 and 3, and got the same amount of screen time as C-3PO in 4, 5 and 6."
Fan is short for fanatic.
"Fans ruined the whole franchise."
So, did your controversial Star Wars opinion make the list?
Death is a subject many people shy away from because what they don't know beyond our realm of existence can be intimidating.
Hollywood hasn't helped, as movies and TV have typically portrayed death as something sinister and violent.
How could anyone be convinced death is a peaceful transition, and that what awaits on the other side is actually an unimaginable utopia?
Curious to hear strangers' thoughts about death, Redditor GoodNess2020 invoked a quote by an iconic literary figure and asked:
"Mark Twain once said, 'I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.' Why do you agree/disagree with his statement?"
People clarified what actually terrified them most about death
"I don't fear being dead. I fear dying."
"Yeah, that's usually the issue. It's why that quote doesn't mean much, to a lot of people."
"It's not a fear of eventually dying and not existing anymore. It's the act of dying itself. He didn't constantly die for all of time. He just wasn't alive."
Concept Of Loss
"To have not existed for billions of years is to have spent billions of years never knowing loss. To die is to know loss."
"If you look into a new bank account and see zero dollars, it’s nothing. If you look into a bank account that once had a million dollars and see there’s nothing in there, you’ll know it’s absence."
People provided an analogy to articulate what ceasing to exist must feel like.
It's About Time
"Time is only relevant to you when you are alive. He is right. Have you ever been sedated for surgery? You go under, and then instantly wake up and procedure is done.... or you died so no worries."
Consciousness Is Life
"You won’t be feeling anything in death though is the thing. That infinite/instant sensation was a living feeling, you just weren’t conscious for it - your body experienced it anyways. No body, no experience."
Like Being Under
"That is very true, but for me, that's the closest amalgamation of what it probably feels like."
"No one can tell you what actual death will be like. It's impossible for you to experience nothingness."
"Thinking about death can be paralysing sometimes, and when I remember that the closest thing i can link as an experience I had, being put under, was actually sort of pleasant. I then think maybe death will be like that, and honestly it doesn't seem that bad."
When In Deep Sleep
"Yeah in contrast to sleep where you can actually feel like time has passed when you wake up."
Think Line Between Death And Slumber
"As CGPGrey puts it, your bed might very well be a suicide machine."
"Given our lack of understanding for the fundamental processes of our sentience, it's entirely possible that when you fall asleep, your mind is functionally killed, disassembled, analyzed, sorted, tweaked, and adjusted by your biology, before being reassembled when you wake. Every night."
People opened up about their insecurities around the concept of death.
Fear Of What Comes Next
"I’m just paranoid that something does happen after death and it’s just based on one thing that you didn’t know about."
The Circle Of Death
"There’s nothing to fear in oblivion. Unless, of course, your consciousness survives death. If so, it would be reasonable to fear the sensation of consciousness without senses, suspended alone in the cosmos, with no one to hear you, and no way to make yourself known. No reference point for counting time – a count that does not matter anyway in a literal eternity."
"You might wish that you still had a corporeal form, only so that you could make your mouth move to express your terror, to make the universal form of a terrified scream – the form of a letter O."
"But you won’t be able to. You just won’t!"
"This has been the Children’s Fun Fact Science Corner. Brought to you by shame, loneliness, and the letter..."
When Faith Fails You
"what do you mean I'm going to hell?! I was a good person and attended church regularly!"
"Ah yes, but you failed to put a blue feather in your hat and then turn in circles the times praising God Almighty on the fifth Sunday after your twelfth birthday. To the pit with you!!!"
There is an poignant episode from the Twilight Zone that brought me a sense of peace surrounding the concept of death.
Death was embodied by a handsome police officer who had been shot–played by a young Robert Redford–and begs to be let into the home of an elderly woman who had been living in perpetual fear of meeting "Mr. Death."
As the episode continues, she discovers much to her dismay that she welcomed Death into her home, but he warmly reassures her there is nothing to fear.
The episode ends with her finally offering her hand to Death after much protest, and they peacefully walk out together, arm in arm, into the light.
It was sweet and beautifully done. The 1962 episode was titled, "Nothing in the Dark."
That's how I imagine it to be.
A dashing Prince of Darkness telling me it's time to join him in guiding me to the other side.