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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Fear to the unknown is very natural. In order to escape from this fear I keep open mind to the fact that there is no absolute truth of things. This means, be open to any possibility. This is necessary to follow any of the following “ideas”.
1) Everybody dies, so it can’t be that bad, because it is not going to happen to me only.
2) There is a chance that there is something else after death. But probably you will not know about that state, pretty much the same way you don’t know before you came alive.
3) If before this life I was nothing, how is possible that after death I will still be something or someone.
4) Maybe I can’t remember anything before birth (birth of body, birth of mind, etc you pick any) because I can only remember things with a fully develop brain.
5) If it is there something before and after life then it is just one more cycle, like falling sleep and waking up, only differences are.
6) What about a previous life (non physical) where you and I behave or do good, and for this we were send to paradise, and that paradise is this material life. (Of course we screw it because we also gain free will).
7) If you are not afraid about ignoring where you came from, then why you should be afraid about dying? Really think about it.
8) Nature is full of cycles, life and death is just another one.
9) What if there is really nothing before and after life, would that increase your appreciation of your life? If so, are you waiting any “confirmation” about this dilemma to start appreciating more your life right now?
10) If there is something else after death, do you think is it material like this world? You can read, see, touch, smell and many things because are physical. What would it be in a no physical “after life”?
Who knows, go a try ideas about life and death, do it now, because nobody really knows what it is, so you have no other option but to formulate theories and be open to accept new ones.
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.
@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.
@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.
@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.
@theskafish, That does sound really neat, I’d be ok with that. I wouldn’t deny anyone anything it’s not my place to. I just didn’t like the idea of just any idiot off the street to become imortal you know? If it was to be imortal in your human form I think you would have to be required to take an IQ test or something. Just to be safe XD What your describing kinda sounds like this anime: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_Experiments_Lain
As for the future generations I think having new people grow into unique individuals is good to have in this world. :)
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.
I’ll cross that bridge when it is time. Everything in the universe points to rebirth (not in ”I” will be reborn but matter is constantly shifting, think about the stars that blew up to become our solar system and the millions of lifeforms of earth) so who knows what will be next. Being a tree would be dope; just bask in the sun all day and sway with the wind. No bills, no worries, just being.
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.
@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.”
@iambrian, Not sure if anyone has brought this up (cuz I’m too lazy to read through 4 pages of replies). Complete mortality is impossible. Heres a list of things that a mortality cure could immunize against:
-Getting hit by lightening
-Getting hit by a car
And obviously the list goes on. Accept what is meant to be and you will feel free. Its like trying to get the extra life in a mario game and wasting 3 lives getting it. Just get to the end of the fucking level and enjoy the game.
@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?