Crispian Jago, on his mission to die with a sense of humour, and without getting irrational:
Terminal cancer patients like me are ideal prey for those who seek to dangerously promote their pseudoscience, alternative medicine and religion. I have however immunised myself against such nonsense via science, stoicism and a sense of humour.
A sense of humour is critical when staring into the abyss. The abyss isn’t exactly comedy central, so we have to kind of force it, like decorating a hospital room.
I hope I have the guts to looking for whimsy when my time comes. When I was young and vigorous, I was full of brave talk about how I would handle death, and said a lot of things like, “A sense of humour is critical when staring into the abyss.” Which I guess I still believe. But now that I’m middle-aged and struggling with my health, I also know it’s not so easy.