Mike Rowse A voice from New Mexico


When it’s your time, it’s your time

Four Horseman Death

Often we are told that when it's your time to die, there's nothing you can do. I've been told that hundreds of times when people find out I'm afraid of flying, assuming that my biggest fear is that I'm going to die. And they are right to an extent; I am afraid the plane is going to crash which I believe more often than not results in death. But it's not the fear of death itself that bothers me, it's the falling 30,000 feet while still alive and conscious that bothers me. The time to think about it and know that I have zero chance to do anything about it. And what are the odds that God or whatever overseer of fate you believe in has put 130 people whose time it up on that plane, at that time?

But for some people the odds are less daunting. Yang Dae-jin, 39 is a civil servant Gwangju, South Korea. He was leaving work in the public relations department for the county, headed home to his 5 year old son and pregnant wife. Just as he exited the building, whack!! An unnamed 25 year old student ran into him. Dae-jin never even saw him or had a chance to avoid him.

You see, the student had jumped from the 20th floor of the building and was rapidly approaching terminal velocity when he landed directly on Dae-jin's head. The student was killed instantly while Dae-jin passed later at the hospital from head injuries.

Police say the student was preparing to take the civil service exam when he decided to jump from the window. I can totally understand; a future of working in a bureaucracy would not be appealing at all.

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