John C. Balding is arguably the greatest figure in the history of American sport. He was the first person to play an entire game of golf in 24 hours without eating a single meal in between, and he’s still the best-known sportswriter in the country. But the man who was John C. was also a man who was well-aware of his own mortality.
Balding has been dead for over 30 years, but in the video below I found his last words being spoken in his last days. In this clip, Balding, who had suffered a heart attack, is being carried around in an ambulance to the hospital. He states his heart wasn’t beating and that he doesn’t have much time left. He also says that he’s not a Catholic, and that his wife was too heartbroken to be around to comfort him.
I’m not sure what you’re asking. Are you actually asking people to be a part of a dead-end scenario for you? If so, I bet you’ll get it.
As if the question wasn’t obvious enough, I’m pretty sure most of us are aware that it’s death that causes the cessation of life, and that a death is as good a way to get people to talk about their deaths as a bunch of blood and guts strewn across a field. That’s not to suggest that death is something that you should ignore, but that it can be a tool to help inform your audience of your status (or lack thereof).
If you can’t get that, then I don’t know what to do. If I can’t get it, then I’m not doing it.