Morbity & The Frailty of Humanity

It’s been a strange week to say it’s the holiday season what with Valentine’s day[/url] and all. As with any time of the year the papers of full of obituaries…but there seem to be even more than usual..

There were multiple bombings on Valentine’s day

During any festive season there are more car accidents than any other time of the year..why? Because people undertake long journeys when they are tired, without maintaining their cars (bald tyres, no oil etc.) and with heavy traffic and extreme weather (super hot, then torrential downpours resulting in greasy slippery road surfaces).

But what brought this on?

I see dead people..

No, really, I saw a dead person of unspecified gender, it’s only the second time in my life I can recall properly seeing a dead person. I’ve seen a few ‘fatal’ car accidents, but I didn’t actually get to see the corpse, or the remains of it..

I was driving home on the NKVE, I thought there was a police block as I saw the flashing lights and the traffic slowing down to walking pace..there were cones from the emergency lane out to the second lane, and I saw the flashing blue lights of police cars.

So I slowed down, prepared to stop and show my licence, but as I neared I saw the police weren’t paying attention to the passing cars, who of course in typical Malaysian style were all rubber-necking the scene. Morbid curiousity is an interesting thing, there were 8-10 cars stopped at the road side and a bunch of people propping up the central reservation gawking at the police doing their business.

Seen as though I was only going 15km/h I also decided to have a look at what was going on, it was then I noticed a body on the ground covered in a bin bag with it’s foot sticking out in a typically grotesque movie style.

It freaked me out a bit, I’d guess it was one of those Ulu Kampung (backward village) people crossing the fast, 6-lane highway. There isn’t so much traffic there, but it’s very smooth and wide road and people tend to go quite fast. I’m just glad it wasn’t me who mowed the poor fucker down as something like that truly has to traumatise you for life..imagine the visualisation of a bloody, shocked face bouncing off your windscreen as you screech to a halt.

Events like this reinforce the fact we are all going to die, and humans are fairly frail creatures, car > human, especially SUV’s with bull-bars…why the hell do you need bullbars for city/highway driving? Do you know that bullbars increase fatality when hitting pedestrians by around 70%, especially for children as the bars typically tend to be at a childs head height meaning the chance of serious brain trauma becomes almost a certainty..

The first time I saw a dead person was when I was very young at a beach on my aunts bosses yacht with my family..

I was wondering around and went to the beach, there I saw some people pulling a guy out of the water, he had gone SCUBA diving alone whilst his wife watched on the beach, pretty stupid really, you should never dive alone, always in pairs..

Anyway I saw them pull him out, he was literally blue, then the ambulance arrived, my mom came along too and I asked her “Mommy, is the man dead?”..She answered in her typically wise, logical and practical style…”Watch the ambulance, if it speeds off with the lights and sirens blaring, he still has a chance, if you see it drive off slowly, he’s gone”…

So we proceeded to watch sadly watch the ambulance slowly drive up the hill, I pity his wife most of all, who had to stand there helpless while her irresponsible husband died.

Anyway take care of yourself and your loved ones, whatever you may think, YOU ARE NOT INVINCIBLE.

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10 Responses to Morbity & The Frailty of Humanity

  1. Heather February 18, 2005 at 12:00 am #

    When my grandfather was lying on his deathbed, he saw “dead people” too! People whom he knew and had already passed away. And he chatted with them too…. Scary~

  2. kimberlycun February 18, 2005 at 2:21 am #

    you poor thing, try sleeping with the lights on. btw, i’m invincible.

  3. KY February 18, 2005 at 2:36 am #

    poor thing, shoulda asked omni to cast guardian angel before crossing the road. +50 armour really helps.

  4. ShaolinTiger February 18, 2005 at 2:38 am #

    I agree must have been a noob…

    No boots of speed, no cheese, no pots :/

  5. heykwun February 18, 2005 at 6:12 am #

    this site makes interesting read.

  6. lilian February 19, 2005 at 12:21 am #

    Awww…marn, teh tiger losing teeth too. Everywhere I go, I get community messages! Love your blog though. It is unpredictable.

  7. letti February 19, 2005 at 8:41 pm #

    festival days are the worst..take it from someone who has had peaks in post mortem duty during festivities.

  8. MrsT February 19, 2005 at 8:59 pm #

    Pretty sad.. when you know.. it could have been avoided.. 🙁

  9. Dabido (Teflon) February 20, 2005 at 6:37 am #

    Gee’s, brought back memories of the time I was holding my friends Sharon’s hand after she’d been hit by a car. She was dead. She’d been hit by a drunk doing 120km/h in a 60 zone. She’d never seen the car, because it came form behind another car doing the speed limit, so she was in the middle of the road when the car suddenly appeared.
    She just looked like she was sleeping, but she was already dead.
    You never know when someone will go. Like you said, look after those you love. They may not be there sooner than you think.

  10. Marianne Haag July 14, 2005 at 7:17 am #

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