Captain Bell, there’s something burning in the distance…take a look.”
“Lieutenant, they’re stranded Vietnamese boat people and there are some dead bodies in the water around them.”
“Captain, we’ve been given strict orders not to pick ’em up- you know we’re supposed to only give them food and water but we can’t pick ’em up.”
“For God’s sake lieutenant, orders are orders but I see what looks like a few dead bodies around their boat—the rest of ’em are gonna die out there if we don’t pick ’em up…
There are situations in life when people face death within a matter of hours or less. Even if a certain Captain comes to save the day, we always know, in some corner of our mind, that our appointed hour will sooner or later approach us. But what if death wasn’t in the corner of our minds, but rather in the centre? What if we contemplated death and lived each day as if it was our last? What if we were only given 72 hours to live? This book provides a selection of responses to all the “what ifs” that have crossed minds…
Mustafa Tabanli is the producer of the Emmy Award winning television series Matter and Beyond for Ebru TV, New Jersey, USA.