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Do you fear death?

post #1 of 101
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1. What are everyone's beliefs about what happens when you die?
2. Do you fear death?
post #2 of 101
Death is certain, so it doesn't bother me.
post #3 of 101
Kinda
My firm belief is I'm going to heaven (serious)
But sometimes I wonder, what if once you die that's it? As in, the lights turn off and you stop existing.
post #4 of 101
No, for I am in Elysium, and I am already dead.
post #5 of 101
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Originally Posted by Gewehr View Post
But sometimes I wonder, what if once you die that's it? As in, the lights turn off and you stop existing.

Good news and bad news.

Bad news: that's precisely what will happen.

Good news: you won't exist anymore, nor will your consciousness, so you will not have to sit around for all eternity and ponder your nonexistence. You won't be, ergo, your mind won't be. I know it's daunting to contemplate sitting on the proverbial sidelines of all existence for eternity. But you won't be around to dwell on it, to care about it, or to be aware of it.

Does a rock get bored with being a rock? Does a piece of lumber contemplate the tree from which it came? Once you're dead, your mind will cease to exist, and your body will be no more special or alive than the rock or the wood.
post #6 of 101
Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't.

To AB's point, you are no longer conscious after death, so it doesn't really matter. So in that respect I am not afraid.

However, I think the true measure of how okay you are with death is how you react in perceived near-death situations. For example, I've been on a lot of planes but in the handful of cases where the turbulence was really out-of-this-world bad, my heart still skips a beat and I feel nervous. If I was truly at peace with death I think this would not happen.

I also fear reaching death not having done the things I want to do and having lived life on someone else's terms.
post #7 of 101
Sometimes when I see a car coming at me, or a really big wave, or a shark.
post #8 of 101
Not really. I want to go out with a bang.
post #9 of 101
I don't fear it at all. I think I would prefer it not be painful.
post #10 of 101
I fear physical and mental deterioration more than death.
post #11 of 101
the thing that calms my fears about the eternity after death is when i remember that the eternity before my birth doesn't really bother me at all.
post #12 of 101
I don't fear death, but I do fear the concept of an incomplete life. That fear keeps me motivated.
post #13 of 101
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Originally Posted by Arrogant Bastard View Post
No, for I am in Elysium, and I am already dead.

Thanks Russell.
post #14 of 101
Nah he doesn't look so scary. Plus, I'm pretty good at board games.

post #15 of 101
Not much. I hope I die when I'm very old, in the best health I could be in, in my very comfortable bed while sleeping.
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