Roller-coaster Into Afterlife

In my earlier post, Life Is A Bitch, And Then You Go THERE, it was discussed that it might as well be entirely up to the individual where to settle down in his/her afterlife – everyone chooses his/her own neighborhood, according to his/her beliefs.

The question remains, however: How to get THERE? That is, how to deliver oneself from Here to There in the most humane, reasonable and efficient way possible. That is, if you still have control over the choice of “vessel”, mode of transportation, timing and other trifle considerations. What would be the most desirable way for HUMAN to arrive to his/her afterlife destination, be it  heaven, hell, jannah, oblivion, Great Big Nothingness or a reincarnation into a man, a woman, a star, a slug or a bar stool?

Human +

One such method of conveyance to heaven was revealed as part of the HUMAN+ exhibition at Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin, in 2011. Below is the name of the project and its author,  a designer, artist, writer, engineer and PhD student in Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art, London.ECAccording to HUMAN+,

7397dc.Untitled-4_1Euthanasia Coaster is a hypothetical euthanasia machine in the form of a roller coaster, engineered to humanely—with elegance and euphoria—take the life of a human being.

The artist-designer was inspired by the words of John Allen, former president of the famed Philadelphia Toboggan Company:

The ultimate roller coaster is built when you send out twenty-four people and they all come back dead. This could be done, you know.”

Euthanasia Coaster

Euthanasia Coaster

Here, Julijonas Urbonas presents his ideas of a thrill ride into your beautiful hereafter:

And here, a young man is subjecting himself to the test ride in the centrifuge, experiencing — if for a moment — 9 g (where g is  G-force,  gravitational force felt as weight).  Euthanasia coaster will subject you to 10 g for about 60 seconds… and Ah tut-tut pouet-pouet la voilà! (As a side effect, at certain point, you might start singing in French, irregardless of your absence of all three: singing voice, ability to maintain a tune and knowledge of French. All be forgiven THERE.  Joke.) Seriously, you’ll die happy… of asphyxiation, eyes bulging, but your journey would be one hell of a joy-ride.

Would you take a joy-ride THERE, given a choice, if such machine existed? After all, it might be THE FUTURE OF OUR SPECIES…

As the Human+ puts it,

Thanks to the marriage of the advanced cross-disciplinary research in aerospace medicine, mechanical engineering, material technologies and of course gravity, the fatal journey is made pleasing, elegant and meaningful…

Elegant — perhaps. But meaningful… Well, I have to think about it some more.


Ah tut-tut pouet-pouet la voilà!

Incidentally, instead of this one, I was planning a post about myths and facts surrounding the lives and job descriptions of  executioners, completed with images of  various representatives of this ancient but forever young occupation from around the world.  Funny (and curious) things could happen to a person on the way to the scaffold…


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