2019 Tao Denkyem

dark matters

facing and accepting the universal law of the impermanence of all things; alignment with and acceptance of the immutable laws of nature.

Whatever your beliefs, most people would agree that the body left behind when we depart this mortal coil is just a heap of bones and flesh. But what happens to those leftovers? Assuming that nature is left to its own devices, our bodies undergo a fairly standard process of decomposition that can take anywhere from two weeks to two years.

Supply Your Own Light

“It may surprise you to learn that the definition of death varies from state (to state) in the United States. In general though, the official time of  death is considered to be the time when you’ve entered cardiac arrest – the electrical signals that cause your heart to beat stop, and blood stops flowing in your body. But it might also surprise you to learn that once your heart stops and you’re dead, you’re aware that you have died. Which, honestly… Sounds pretty terrifying.”

Resistance Is Futile

Stephen Cave is a writer and philosopher who is obsessed with our obsession with immortality. He's the author of Immortality: The Quest to Live Forever and How It Drives Civilization, an inquiry into humanity's irrational resistance to the inevitability of death. Cave moves across time, religion and history's major civilizations to explore just what drives this instinct. 

You're going to die one day. You belong to the only species that is consciously aware of this simple, universally true fact. And just being reminded that you will someday die can manipulate your behavior now — in ways that seemingly have little to do with death.


"In order to function with psychological equanimity in the world, we humans have to believe there's something more, that we're not just these creatures that are fated to obliteration upon death," said Jeff Greenberg, a psychologist at the University of Arizona.