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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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.
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 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.