I know I’m not! I feel like we’re forced into accepting this, and making ourselves okay with it. Deep down, I don’t believe I’ll die of old age, or anyone in my generation for that matter. I truly believe our technology will advance enormous amounts due to the theory of singularity and we will either achieve immortality or an extremely long life span within my lifetime.
But back to the question….
Are you truly okay with dying? If you had an option to choose immortality, would you choose it? What helps you accept the fact that you and all you know will cease to exist in the only way you have truly known?
@iambrian, I think Im fine with dying, I wont know for sure till Im faced with it. I drowned the first time mum bathed me, I didnt know till I told mum about a recurring dream I kept having between age 10-11. The memories/dreams of the incident were calming, I didnt feel I had anything to fear or worry about so I have always been accepting with the idea of death. 6weeks ago my family and I said our goodbyes to our 3rd child whom was born sleeping, I feel like I am still accepting and comfortable with death. I do not believe in a religion but I believe that there is an afterlife and your perception of the afterlife depends on your beliefs, so if you believe in God but also believe you were a bad person then you will put yourself in hell. Does that make sense?
Fuck technology, embrace the Earth Mother – no schizo
No really, fuck technology.
What has it done for us thus far? Increased the space between us while exploring space like some hopeless addict who doesn’t know what he wants?
Where the fuck do you think it will lead us? Some hyper cerebral reality that is barren of what makes us human, that’s where. I want to look into the eyes of a living mother fucker whenever I want for as long as I live. Take that away from me and I might as well be dead.
I think I’m okay with it. I certainly no longer feel much sadness when I hear that someone’s dead anymore. Just because you’re dead, doesn’t mean you’re gone. Energy can’t be created or destroyed so you’re energy is still floating about, maybe it a few trees or flowers or maybe in another animal. Your atoms break down and join to other things such as the air or the ground. So you’re still about, just a little less organised and a little less conscious. I don’t really care what happens after death because right now, I’m too busy living. I kinda hope I don’t suffer too much when dying but at the same time, it’s okay if I do because at least then, I know I tried my best to survive and to keep experiencing life.
@iambrian, immortality sounds like torture. I figure that the only reason we do enter and leave this world is because there’s something else besides it. I love where i’m at right now, and I don’t want to die in the near future, but I do not want to be stuck here forever, wondering what’s next.
@iambrian, Mixed emotions I’d say. I know I like living and that is something I don’t want to give up on but on the other hand it has always happened, I don’t see why it is inherently bad or something to fear.
@iambrian totally fine with it. once we’ve totally accepted the fact that dying is inevitable then our mind would be at peace. i mean would there be anything else that’s scary to think of? i think there’s none. i wouldn’t want to be immortal also coz i don’t wanna end up collecting graduation caps like the Cullen’s. lol.
I think we are born to build our dreams an hopes, and we have a life to accomplish them. Also, I believe that when we die it is because we have completed our purpose in life (not because of a religious doctrine). So I enjoy life to the fullest, but no, im not scared of death.
The only reason I do not want to die is because I truly don’t want to lose any special connections with the people that I love in this life. Otherwise, I don’t fear death one bit, and I’m really excited for whatever it may bring…
I feel like I’m ok with it, but how can I truly know? I’ve gone really deep into the thought of dying. When I’ve come so close to experiencing death as possible without dying I feel a tremendous rush going towards it, but then it calms as I realise it’s just the end of my physical body and I feel at peace with it. On a daily basis I have no fear of dying. I actually romanticise it as I feel like dying would be a relief. Like to finally be free. Therefore I think I would pass on being immortal. I’d might extend my life somewhat just to have experienced that too, but I’d want to die in the end.
As you probably have figured out I believe in an afterlife… I don’t have a concrete image of what that afterlife is like. You have endless possibilties. But to me it must be an afterlife, or something like that, or else this life would be meaningless in my mind.
This is one of my favorite topics to discuss, and I could go on and on about my thoughts on this. But in fear of making this reply too long, I’ll stop here. haha
Yes I think I came to terms with it when the idea that it’s only a death of this form of me started sinking in. I believe in a soul, the part of me that is truly me just along for the ride, experiencing ‘life’ right now but able to move on and return to just being.
@xetado, Not quite true. Many animals, prey ones in particular, spend their lives eating, mating and running from death. From working with horses, I can tell you that a lot of them spend a huge majority of their lives on the look out for things that could cause potential death… predators, machinery… a leaf that skittered down the road in the breeze. Often, their fears are completely irrational but they still live in constant fear of dying and I would imagine the same applies to other prey animals.
Since there is no way around it, I feel that fear of death is pointless as it occupies your time to embrass the life your living. I also believe in immortality in a sense. As we are made up of energy, which can not be created nor destroyed, only transferred in different forms (kinetic, heat, thermal etc.) So when we “die” or our human form loses function and deteriorates, we continue our adventure of reality, moving through higher dimensions and living in ways we as humans can’t even comprehend. Just as the universe, we are infinatly expanding.
Fear of death is an instinct that we all have, regardless if you think it is a useful feeling or not its still there. Some people are just more afraid than others. If you live the life you want to live you are probably less ‘fearful’ than those that put off the life they want until the ‘future.’ I also think that with old age this fear weakens for those that are happy with the life they have lived up until that point.
Well i studied Bio in college so i’ve come to realize its inevitable so mine as well accept it. There has never been a species discovered that does not die. No animal, tree, fungis, bacteria, nothing. Furthermore, I have read online on this website and others that death is actually a serene and wonderful experience, i assume after you overcome to intense fear and panic once you realize whats happening lol. And i say fuck technology, its natural to die and we need to be ok with that. If they do find a cure for cancer IMO i say throw it out. Overpopulation is a problem now and in the next 50-100 years it will become a lot more prevalent in my opinion. If we did achieve immortality we would eventually have to stop having kids which means no one else would get to achieve this wonderful thing called life. Plus we most likely fuck it up at some point :). Have a good one
@iambrian, I work at a funeral home.
I carry dead bodies, take them out of houses, hospitals, and nursing homes. I see how they are treated and I can say that when I die, I will be proud of the life I lived.
Just don’t buy me a 5,000 dollar casket, a limo, or a church mass. That’s a waste of money. Just put me in a box, saygoodbye and bury me with a Peach Arizona Ice Tea
@iambrian, I’d like to think I am. I’m unsure of weather or not there is an afterlife, so I don’t want to die any time soon. However I have no fear of dying. It is going to happen so why be afraid? Don’t get me wrong though, I’d still be afraid of getting mauled and killed by a lion. I am afraid of dying an untimely or unnatural death or before I have experienced all that I want to.
I don’t like the idea of medicine and technology sustaining my life beyond its natural course. I have always imagined myself dying fairly young; like late 50s or something, I don’t like the idea of growing old and being a burden on my loved ones.
“Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age.”
I am curious.. those of you that believe in an afterlife, what is your reasoning? I am undecided on the issue. I have a lot of death anxiety. Some days it makes complete sense that other dimensions exist that we are meant for and other days I am completely crushed by my insignificance and the pointlessness of creating meaning in a meaningless world that can only lead to death.
I’m definitely okay with it. We’re made of energy, therefore we cannot be created or destroyed, only changed. Death isn’t the end. Now, whether or not we’ll be conscious of ourselves or memories after this is questionable.
It’s like this quote: “You may perceive that your body will “die”, but your body isn’t you, it’s just a thing that’s happening. You are actually everything, so you will only change, as you always have, and always will.”
We only fear death because it’s programmed in us. People look at death as a negative and scary thing, when it really isn’t.
As for the question of if I would like to become immortal if possible, the answer would be no. Would you really want to work forever? Keep on living in this corrupt society with crime and hate? Not that all of it is like that, but you get my point.