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I Think Being Dead Must Be Loud

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I think dead must be loud because whenever in life I’m unable to get some peace and quiet, I feel like I’m half-dead.

I think that when you die you enter a place of unceasing noise. That’s how you know you are dead–You’re unable to have a coherent thought without disruption.

Being dead is like a state of being when you feel, for a moment at least, that you’d might as well be dead. Or when you feel  your mind is dead because you can’t think.

Above is a painting of a Viking funeral by Frank Bernard Dicksee. The name of the painting is Funeral of a Viking. It is from 1893.

Here is how this painting is described at the web home of the Manchester Art Gallery

A Viking killed in battle is laid out in his boat which has been ceremonially set ablaze and is being pushed out to sea with the tide. Fire and water will combine to release the spirit, allowing the heroic warrior to enter Valhalla,the god Odin’s glorious Hall of the Slain.

The vantage point that Dicksee has selected invites the viewer to feel they are part of the crowd gathered in the gloom for this ancient ceremony.

Maybe being dead is more quiet if you’re pushed out to sea. But as the sea is not immune to people coming around and polluting and befouling it, I’m not so certain that death at sea is any less loud than anywhere else.

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David Ortez Does Good Job Blogging About Houston Politics

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Some good local blog coverage of Houston politics is being done by David Ortez.

(Above–Houston City Hall. Here is some good history of Houston City Hall at City Mayors.com. City Mayors is well worth checking out—You’ll find a lot of information world cities and the people who run them.)    

Not only is David running a fine blog, I met David for the first time a few days ago and he was not annoying. David was okay and I hope to see him again soon.

David writes the blog David Ortez–A Political/Social Thought Blog.

That is pretty good naming the blog after yourself. I never considered that when I started Texas Liberal. Seeing how David has named his blog, I wish I had given that idea some thought.

David is going to work hard in the campaign season ahead to inform you–the blog reading public–about our races for Mayor of Houston and Houston City Council. Please check out what he is doing and offer him your support.

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