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Requiescat in pace

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“Rest in peace,” or its oft-used initialism, is a phrase one sees a lot on that there Internet. Especially, like over the last couple of days, when a high profile death occurs. And I can’t help but wonder if all those people who write “RIP” on weblog comments or social bookmarking sites actually believe in the concept of Judgement Day.

Aside from the properly religious folk who know and believe The Bible, my guess is that a fair amount of the vaguely-Christian-raised folk who use “RIP” also think that dying means floating up to, or climbing a stairway to, Heaven straight away; rather than hanging around in some afterlife version of a hotel, soundly sleeping until Jesus tells them if they made the cut. My rather shaky and unresearched assumption leads me to believe that there’s not much resting involved if you don’t believe in Judgement Day (unless Heaven’s got loads of health spas, that is).

And what if the person who died was incontinent? Do they have to sleep in a pool of piss, covered in bed sores until Judgement Day? What if you’re a light sleeper and the soul next to you is snoring? Can you get up and watch a bit of telly or read a magazine? Is the bar open? Do they have a pool table or air hockey? Is there a 24-hour garage where you can buy some fags and a Kit Kat? I really would like to know.

My suspicion, though, is that “Rest in peace” is just a way for people to say “Hey, that’s sad that X died, I kinda liked his/her stuff,” because we’re all at a bit of a loss for words when people tell us that someone is dead.

Written by Craig

July 31st, 2007 at 5:25 pm

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  1. I was thinking about that recently. I never liked that whole “RIP year-of-birth – year-of-death” concept, which seems so – I don’t know and maybe I’m wrong – anglo-american to me? I wonder how they handle this in Asia or South America (or elsewhere). In Germany you will find the words “Ruhe in Frieden” most likely on some tomb or monument, but not on the cover of a magazine or printed on a fan shirt.

    Most of the time it seems so out of place to me. Like back then when they were selling those black & white posters with cobain on it with this sort of “epitaph” below, with cobain already making such a sad face, you keep thinking… no wonder this guy is dead.

    But this is not some kid scraping cobain’s name to some wall (or drawing on some exercise book). They are making money out of it, so it’s fake, it’s an empty gesture, it doesn’t mean anything. It’s like a price tag, you know.

    Same goes for those weblog comments. Obviously this is the easiest way of telling people, some person died AND you – somehow – feel sad about it (hard to imagine someone would come up with this for let’s say… hitler). But then, if this is all that comes to your mind, when some famous artist like bergman or antonioni dies, then it seems to me like this doesn’t mean that much to you, otherwise you would drop a few more lines. about a movie scene you remember well, or your favourite line from a script or whatever. or is this just some way of coming across as some culturally aware person, but never have the guts to sit through “Scenes from a Marriage”? Just an example…


    31 Jul 07 at 23:41

  2. Much prefer ‘via con dios’ myself.


    3 Aug 07 at 12:59

  3. Isn’t that what Johnny Utah says to Bodhi at the end of “Point Break”?


    3 Aug 07 at 13:25

  4. Isn’t that just as bad if you’re not religious? Why should going with god be good for someone who doesn’t believe in god?


    4 Aug 07 at 01:42

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