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April 4th, 2007at 08:01am Posted by Eli

The trouble with modernity:

Activist Don Bortle wants to put a stop to light pollution — but not just for the benefit of the living.

“The proliferation of streetlamps, billboards and other artificial light sources has grossly complicated the process of ‘moving toward the light’ after death,” he said.

Bortle started the campaign after his own near-death experience three years ago, when he was resuscitated by paramedics on a New York City sidewalk.

“I thought that St. Peter looked surprisingly like a bouncer,” he said. “Then I realized it was just the neon lights above Empyrean, a popular nightclub in TriBeCa.”

Bortle and his Light Pollution Spiritual Advisory Group have helped hundreds of afterlife-concerned people move to retirement communities near astronomical observatories and other dark-sky preserves.

“A dark alley is actually a great place to get killed,” Bortle said.

Bortle’s group has also lobbied for EKG-driven dimmer controls to be attached to the dazzling lights found in operating rooms. “Whenever a patient flatlines, the light level drops to avoid any spiritual confusion.

“My dream is to establish a place for people to die in peace,” Bortle said, “a sort of dead-light district.”

This is a problem that simply would have never occurred to me. Unfortunately, most of its victims can’t really speak out for themselves.

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