An uncommon conversation.

A: I know this is a morbid question, but if you get to choose, how would you choose to die?
B: Drowning.
C: Really, why?
B: I heard that it’s peaceful, that it’s like going home.
C: I think that’s a myth.
B: But there’s also something peaceful about the imagery, after the initial struggle for air, you just float there and die. How would you want to die C?
C: I think all death is bad, so I would want to go out the most gruesome way possible. Being eaten alive by a lion! I don’t feel like I’ll be remembered otherwise. But if I were eaten by a lion, everyone’s going to remember. “Do you know C?” “No, I don’t think so.” “He’s the guy who was eaten by a lion.” “Oh yeah, I remember that guy.” I’ll always be remembered.
B: That sounds like a horrible way to die.
C: That’s the point! That way I’ll be remembered.
B: I don’t think being remembered is worth being mauled by a lion.
C: To each their own, I guess. How about you, A?
A: I’d like to die in my sleep, when I’m old, and all my loved ones have already died, so my own death will be no burden to anybody.
B: I didn’t think about it that way. And dying in one’s sleep is painless, like going to sleep and never waking up.
C: Yeah, A, you clearly put some thought into it. I’ll have to think about it some more.
B: What about you, D?
D: Cancer.
B: …
C: …
A: …
B: I change my mind. I also want to die by cancer.
C: Yeah, me too.
A: Ditto.

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