The Pearls Before Swine cartoon regularly takes on mortality issues. In this Sunday strip, Rat declares, “It’s not fair that we always have death hanging over us. It’s this great random unknown. And it’s not right. I want to know how I die, when I die.”
His great idea to manage this uncertainty: The B.M.I. No, not Body Mass Index. It’s the Balloon Mortality Indicator! It still seems like a random and unknown fate, given the way the game is played. Dr. Ernest Becker’s Terror Management Theory is alive and well.