Is anyone really okay with dying?

2 years, 1 month ago

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?

January 17, 2013 at 2:47 am

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Profile photo of adam adam (@adamd) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

@iambrian, Listen to what Alan Watts has to say. He talks a lot about dieing in an eloquent way. Without death, what is life?

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Profile photo of Kayla Kayla (@kayla147258) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

@anjelica, “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 the same exact way, switching my opinion on that all the time. But even if this life is pointless, even if there’s nothing after this, you still get to enjoy this life and then you won’t be conscious anymore, so there’s nothing to be afraid of. No matter what the outcome, you can’t do anything about it so once you really realize that, it will start to bother you less and less.

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

@kayla147258, Not knowing the truth really makes me feel at a loss for what to do with my myself and my life. I like meditating and sensing my soul but if I devote a bunch of my time to that and its all made up and imaginary then I would see that as a failure and living my life untruthfully. Its so hard to come to any conclusion!

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Profile photo of Kyle Kyle (@kylethetrex) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

@iambrian, i dont feel like dying is somthing to be afraid of, instead i think its something to embrace. we all die, and theres nothing we can do about it. but as mentioned above from @caoimhesweeney, our energy is never dying. there fore we will always be alive, our physical bodies may die off, but its nothing to be afraid of, we all go through it.
to live forever, or even longer than my life will possibly already be, would be both a blessing and horrible.. i believe life is somthing to be happy and loving about, but also, we shouldnt defy nature and prolong our lives past what we should be living at.
the way i see it, love the life you live now, dont worry about death, when the time comes you’ll know what to do and how to feel about it.
just live your life to your fullest and you shall see better on the other side. :)

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Profile photo of Nate Leviness Nate Leviness (@nate) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

im perfectly okay with dying :) its gonna happen and nothing i can do can change that. So, i live my life to the fullest and have a blast everyday :D

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Profile photo of BriGuy BriGuy (@iambrian) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

@ruby, Sorry for your loss, yes that make sense. I feel the same way sometimes.

@danfontaine, I’m sorry I used the word technology. I should have elaborated more on how I see things playing out in my head. I think we will discover ways to live much beyond the average lifespan, but we will do so utilizing the things that mother earth has already given us. I’m mainly talking about the works of Professor Aubrey De Grey, and new thoughts on the ability to reverse aging. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iYpxRXlboQ
I believe we have everything we need on earth to live for an extremely long time, maybe not forever, but a long time. All we have to do is figure out how to apply it.

@rivzilla, I think if we figured out how to live for an extremely long time, or forever, we would definitely have figured out deep space travel, or at the very least would start colonizing other nearby planets.

And although I do think about death/immortality a lot. I definitely believe in living in the moment for the moment.

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Profile photo of Kayla Kayla (@kayla147258) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

@anjelica, But if this was pointless, even if you weren’t living your life truthfully, in the end you wouldn’t know it.

I think the most important thing to do with your life is to make sure you’re happy. In the end, that’s all that matters.

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Profile photo of Edward Bernays Edward Bernays (@edwardbernays) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

Fearing the inevitable is silly. Fearing the unknown is also silly. Think of it in these terms and you’ll feel a weight lift off of you, it’s out of your control. I’ve stared death in the eyes on 2 occasions, thus I’m on bonus time I figure.

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

@kayla147258, I mean I have a hard time finding a way to live my life without connecting my actions to a higher purpose. I just want to live the truth. The thought of being wrong about my whole life seems so crushing

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

@edwardbernays, I am starting to move closer to the idea that we just can’t know and we should let go of our need to explain the universe.. but then why study it at all?

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

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?

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Profile photo of Edward Bernays Edward Bernays (@edwardbernays) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

@anjelica, Because thats what the main function of the brain is, to process information and formulate meaning. Humans are fascinated with the unknown and mystery (search ‘joe rogan and conspiracy theories’ on youtube for a good laugh at this). Existence is fascinating as fuck. I walked past a poster at my university the other day that said there was going to be a priest and an aeithist debating god and existence. I thought this is the most useless waste of time, because neither was going to convince the other of anything, and theres no way to gauge whether either was coming closer to ‘truth’, cause we just don’t know. Both were seemingly wasting their time. But yet, its fascinating to ponder, right?

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

@edwardbernays, It mostly just distresses me lol. And yes I agree they are wasting their time. It is silly.

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Profile photo of Edward Bernays Edward Bernays (@edwardbernays) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

@anjelica, Forsure, I’ve been there. But think of it this way, its going to happen either way. You can spend your entire life worrying about it, or you can just let be. Once you acknowledge this fact, and understand that it is out of your control, you will be free. Its just fear. Also, another reason people search for meaning that i forgot to mention, is that they are really searching for love (ie love of god, or love of the universe, etc.). Which is great, everyone needs love, its a basic human necessity. I find that love through my girlfriend and family, through reading, through my pursuit for knowledge, through my hobbies. Others find it in religion, which is completely acceptable, but they may simply never actually know the truth. But so what, they know love.

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Profile photo of yoinkie yoinkie C (@yoinkie) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

Having had a couple near death experiences, both that last a while, ive become comfortable with death. Before, I was terrified of it. But in the moments close to death, I went from fear, to sadness, to understanding. I learned to accept death when it was close, and it gave me a sense of peace. I lived through both of them(obviously, im typing right now), but both were eye opening experiences. Im not sure how people arent afraid of death that havent been through such things. I was literally terrified of dying, and all the things associated with dying; such as regrets of not living a good life as well as the people I would leave behind in pain.

Also, I have no idea if there is an afterlife or anything. I just hope that this journey isnt the end of it all, but at the same time I try not to think about it too much.

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

@edwardbernays, I find it hard to believe in love without also believing in the supernatural. But I find it hard to believe in the supernatural. But I also want to believe in love

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Profile photo of Edward Bernays Edward Bernays (@edwardbernays) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

@anjelica, Thats because love is in close connection with the spiritual side of your brain. The same place where loving thoughts and thoughts made out of love occur, is also where you have spiritual thoughts. And like I said love on a supernatural level is the easiest to formulate. Thats because the love put into it will be the exact same amount as what you get out of it, if that makes sense. Whereas, you don’t always get the same level of love back from a significant other, family member, child, pet, your job, etc. You can be believe in love, its all your choice.

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

Thought I was ok with dying. Then I was on a plane that was having massive turbulence. I’ve never been that fucked up off internal stress in my life.

I became claustorphobic, my head was racing, I felt like I needed to jump out of the plane.

I do not fear the after life. I have a fear of painful death though. I do not want to die in a car or on a plane or in any way like that. I do not like that at all. Metal coffins driving, flying around everywhere.

Its easy to say you don’t fear death until something traumatic like that happens… and that wasn’t even that traumatic.

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Profile photo of Mr. Arbiter Mr. Arbiter (@snaysler) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

Haha, doesn’t really matter because ready or not it’s going to be the reality soon. I just put it out of my mind, because it’s not productive to ponder.

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Profile photo of FlackoElGuapo FlackoElGuapo (@flacko) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

Dying is just like sleeping..you aren’t afraid to sleep with no guarantee you would wake up..so why be afraid to die?

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Profile photo of smaje smaje (@smaje) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

This may give hope to some.

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Profile photo of Alex Alex (@hollowinfinity) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

Sure, if it isn’t a horrible or violent death.

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Profile photo of Robert Chase Proctor Robert Chase Proctor (@robertproctor34) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

@danfontaine Technology has given you the computer for which you can express your arrogant opinion. I try to be as nice and as positive a person as I can but your comment really dumbfounded me.

Read of Aldous Huxley’s death. He didn’t write it himself, but his wife wrote it for him and it is beautiful. Long story short, in case you don’t want to read it, death was so easy because life was so hard. He also took LSD whilst dying which is pretty intriguing.

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@iambrian, I figure if I die today, tomorrow will be a whole lot easier.

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Profile photo of cheeky cheeky (@cheeky) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

why wouldn’t you be ok with dying? If you live your life with minimal regrets, you shouldn’t have anything to fear.

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