Killing It Softly

I have a habit of trying to hold the power button for the shortest time possible before the computer performs a hard power down. I never gave too much thought to this until today, when I realised that I still feel queasy about holding down that power button. Pressing down on the windpipe of a whirring, breathing animal, until it ceases all activity, while you watch pensively for further stirring before confirming its state of death.