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 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.
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.
@theskafish, Have you looked into the works of Professor Aubrey De Grey? Very fascinating stuff. Search for articles on Telomeres and immortality as well. I don’t quite know if we can achieve immortality, but I do believe we have the resources to live for hundreds of years.
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.
Death is nearly as important as life.
We would not be here today if not for death.
Like apoptosis (programmed cell deaths), the termination of lifeforms evolved to clear the way for the diversification of life… without which inter-competition of limited resources would hijack the opportunities for more capable subspecies to leapfrog past the barriers of nature… a diverse gene pool increases probability of survival in an ever-changing environment…
with exceptions of trees in forests that live for millenniums or certain corals in oceans living hundreds, ancient colonies of species that thrived typically endow short lifespans…
but keep in mind evolution works at multiple levels, simultaneously…
the fear of death in sentient beings evolved as a means to prolong their survival… just long enough for procreation and protection of offspring… this intrinsic fear, however, begets a cascade of behavioral side-effects plaguing humanity, not just at a personal level which we experienced ourselves.
Though this Darwinian model may help me cope with our eventual demise, and the heart-wrenching departures of our loved ones… i’m fully aware that when judgement day arrives, those instinctual adverse reactions toward death processed in our lower, primal brain lobes will surely override said rationality in the outer lobes… i will react squeamishly like the third apes that we are, on that one grave day… hopefully not days…
until the day death knocks on my front door, i will try to live each moment knowing that the tabooed concept of death is actually a gift disguised in black (like rain)… a sacred heirloom, responsibly passed down from one cell to the next, and one life form to the other… a collective, sacrificial ritual performed by all lifeforms on Earth, for billions of years…
i will accept this grand gesture as much as i accept day followed by night… with deep reverence to our past ancestors… with shared camaraderie with our present relatives (encompassing all cohabitants of this planet)… and with compassionate hope for our future descendants.
@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!
@theskafish, I really hope that sort of technology does not ever happen. We have disrupted the natural order of things enough as it is. If that became a choice for anyone I’m sure A LOT of people would be selfish enough to want eternal life, but that is just not natural. There are far to many people on this planet as it is, the last thing we need is for them to become immortal. Just sayin’ … please don’t take offense this is a hypothetical question afterall. XD
@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.
@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.
@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.
I believe dying is a concept none of us know or really understand, but understand that it is a part of life and is going to happen at some point, therefore, we all try to make ourselves as comfortable with the idea as possible. Either by believing in a religion that promises another wonderful life after death or that we will come back on earth somehow etc. Me, personally, I have no clue what will happen to me when I die. None of us do. So, I just want to live my life to the point to where when I am dying or when its my time or whatever, I am content and ready to pass on to something new.