Is anyone really okay with dying?
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?
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@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
I am totally, completely okay with dying.
Not as some distant thing that will happen to me that I don’t have to think about now.
Anytime, however it may come. You probably don’t believe me.
Six months ago I would’ve had to say I’m scared of death.
But after listening to Alan Watt’s lectures on death I was forced to really face it and spent a lot of time thinking about it. I’m not going to explain it all here but basically I see my death as exact and natural as leaves yellowing and falling off trees. If you recognize that all of life as we know it is an energy/wave on one level or another, you can come to terms of understanding that yours and everyone else’s life is like a wave. Waves come in many forms different variations and frequencies. There’s the obvious sound/light waves we’re familiar with, as well as other patterns such as day/night, waking/sleeping.
The problem with death is we can’t see the other side; the trough. There are no waves that have crests (life) with troughs (death).
And here’s the crazy part: YOU ARE THE WHOLE WAVE
but you can’t recognize it immediately, because you’ve been playing that you’re only this one person, this one side of it. Haha hard to explain if you haven’t listen to Watts or aren’t familiar with eastern philosophy.
Be sure to do a search for “Alan Watts on Death” on YouTube.
this is a cool one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioFG999aOCs
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.
Sometimes people make me want to die, but then I get over it.
I believe there is something greater out there and around us. It’s some type of supernatural force that deals with love. It’s hard to intellectualize it.
We’re all alive now, so why not act the part?
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’m pretty sure I will cease to exist when I die, that sounds bad but I figure I wont care at that point and if I am not thinking about life when I’m dead then why should I think about death when I’m alive? It would be granting too much time to death, I have forever to be dead why should I waste the little time I am not dead thinking about that?
I remember a saying, it is actually in the Bible: “The living are aware that they will die but the dead are aware of nothing at all” so I figure I will cross that bridge when I come to it, at which point worrying about it will be obsolete.
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
@iambrian, I would choose immortality in an instant, and I really hope it becomes available within our lifetimes. It would be awesome to have forever to reflect and grow, and think of new things to do with your life.
The only thing that helps me with the concept of death is to avoid thinking about it.
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
I’m not only okay with it, I’m actually kind of looking forward to it. Not to say “excited” but maybe that’s a little too enthusiastic.
I believe that there must be something after death, since nothing is also something. I can’t imagine what will happen and I have a pretty open mind regarding this question. Maybe I’ll be reborn. Or go through the same “life” again and all the mistakes I make are to learn lessons I didn’t learn in my last life. Maybe I’ll just chill with some god with 8 arms and have conversations about what eternity is. Maybe I’ll lose consciousness, my self-awareness, the thing that makes me,.. Me. And just float around as a lost soul. Maybe the left over energy will forever be on earth and people will be reminded of me whenever some of this energy flows through them.
Death is not the end, just another journey. And I can’t wait to see what happens afterwards. This is why we should not be scared to die.
Because as long as we ‘are’, death is not. And when it happens, then we don’t exist anymore.
Anywho, I’d still be pissed if I died right now, even though I’m so curious about what happens after death that it’s ALMOST worth considering suicide. But I will one day (hopefully..) die a natural death when it’s time. So no need to rush things.
I’m still young, only 18 (well, in exactly one month…) and there’s still a lot of things I want to do. I’d really be pissed if I couldn’t do those things.
I’d probably look death in the eyes and shout: “Are you fucking kidding me? All my life I went to school, worked hard, did my best, sacrificed my weekends… For this?! No, it’s not time yet. Fuck you!”
This kinda makes me realize that I’m not really living life to this very day. I’m unhappy most of the time because I feel very limited and there’s a lot of restrictions. I don’t even like the place I live at.
Isn’t it funny how people think that “real life” starts after highschool? Wait, no, it starts after College? Or uh, no.. I mean it starts when you retire?… And then you die, and never really started living, because you’ve been waiting for ‘real life’ to start without doing anything yourself.
“Real Life” is always. It’s right now, it was yesterday, even 10 years ago it already was. It’s up to us to make the most of what we have. Because with every passing second, we’re a step closer to death. And who knows, maybe we’ll never get the chance to really ‘live’ again.
@cognizantelephant, mastering things is whatever use you want it to be. For me it would be the experience of making cool things, of doing something worthwhile with my existence.
This is why I’m so bothered by the institution of work. When we’re born we have this whole life ahead of us, but then we have to go and get jobs and spend the rest of our healthy years doing stuff for society and not for ourselves, not even coming close to living how we actually want to. You don’t get more than one life, and most of us don’t even really get to use that…if you were immortal, then no one could hold food and shelter over your head, no one could use lack to bend you to their will. You’d be free to just be.
@flightfacilities, I like the idea that the light at the end of the tunnel is you heading down your mothers birth canal to be born again in baby you, it will be 1979 again and your memory engrams from dead you cannot be sucessfully transfered to baby you because baby you has not established the neuropathways to support dead yous memories.
@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 am. I just joined HE & this was first thing I saw. I am okay with dying. I only fear suffering terribly for a great length of time. I am okay with dying because I know I am not only a body but also moreso a spirit. Spirit is eternal. Therefore, I will never die. What is it you fear of dying? The pain/suffering? Or the being ‘gone forever’ like game over? I don’t know how I follow on here yet so I hope I figure it out