Do you fear death?

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  1. yodawg

    yodawg Senior member

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    i do. maybe coz i'm not the best of people.
     


  2. JonathanHemlock

    JonathanHemlock Well-Known Member

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    1. Worm food. I have had a gun to my head twice in my life. God never occured to me either time

    2. No, although I have an awesome life and there is so much of the world still to see and I have a family who loves me. The thought of saying goodbye to that is a tough one to contemplate. But death doesn't frighten me.
     


  3. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    I am certainly not looking forward to it at this moment. However, I can certainly imagine a time when death would be the better choice, as I see such situations on a daily basis. I also find myself thinking, on rare occasion, I'll just be sort of glad when this whole nuisance of consciousness and self awareness has been removed.
     


  4. ntwrkguy1

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    I feared death when I was a child -- the thought of nothing happening once you are dead kept me awake for more than a few nights.

    As an adult, I don't fear death in the same way. Yes, I'll be sad when this life is all done, but given that I won't have the ability to dwell on it once I'm dead, it won't be that sad.

    I often wonder if that's why people are so religious -- the hopes of a "second act".
     


  5. VaderDave

    VaderDave Senior member

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    I mostly worry about leaving my kids behind. They're only 8 and 13, so I'd greatly prefer to at least get them through to the point where they are adults.
     


  6. HgaleK

    HgaleK Senior member

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    I also fear reaching death not having done the things I want to do and having lived life on someone else's terms.

    Bingo.
     


  7. photoguy

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    Hopefully biological immortality will be possible for humans in the future.

    But then the competition for land and other resources would just drive us to killing each other off.
     


  8. JayJay

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    I wouldn't want it to be anytime soon, but it's going to happen. I'm okay with that.
     


  9. JLibourel

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    Given my age, it is likely coming for me sooner than for most of you. Whether I fear it depends on the kind of death. I would welcome a nice, painless peaceful demise like dying in my sleep or just suddenly keeling over.

    The prospects of dying in a fiery crash or wasting away in a long bout with cancer do seem daunting, however.
     


  10. Bhowie

    Bhowie Senior member

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    Sometimes when I see a car coming at me, or a really big wave, or a shark.

    or other large sea going mammals
     


  11. Jerome

    Jerome Senior member

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    Death fears me; it's like in every job: there are clients or things that you like and then there are those you want to be done with as quickly as possible. Death thinks about me as such an inconvenient assignment...he has good reason to do so since I'm challenging the foundations of his business.

    Actually I hardly ever think of death only of the mechanics of dying, changing and transmutation.
     


  12. Nosu3

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    I don't fear being dead because it is the equivalent of pre-birth and we've been non-existent for billions of years (or longer if you consider the possibility of previous universes). It is the transition to a permanent and eternal loss of consciousness and self-awareness that I find frightening. I've conceptualized it about 3 times during deep thought and the experience was kind of bizarre, almost an OOBE with a rush/cold sweat. It changed my perspective and created a focus on good health and prolonging life by most means, but it hasn't been too much of an inconvenience. It also manifested into existential anxiety for some time.


    I can't say I fear it all the time, but I don't want to die. I enjoy life, want to live forever and find out what there is to discover and learn in this universe. Hopefully biological immortality will be possible for humans in the future. I'm also interested in the transhumanism movement which is growing.

    Is the transhumanism movement similar to the life extension movement? I think it is possible, there are biological factors which effect life spans for different species and they might be altered. The problem is we will need strict population control for human life preservation to work. The current population level would need to be greatly reduced because there is too much strain on the environment/wildlife but also chaotic societies that will be better adapted with lower populations.

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  13. gomestar

    gomestar Super Yelper

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    It is the transition to a permanent and eternal loss of consciousness and self-awareness that I find frightening. I've conceptualized it about 3 times during deep thought and the experience was kind of bizarre, almost an OOBE with a rush/cold sweat.

    I, for one, have no fear for a loss of self-awareness since you demonstrate that it can happen without the subject even noticing.
     


  14. Dar FTW

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    Once someone die that is it, their body rots and is worm food. There is no evidence for anything after death.

    I can't say I fear it all the time, but I don't want to die. I enjoy life, want to live forever and find out what there is to discover and learn in this universe. Hopefully biological immortality will be possible for humans in the future. I'm also interested in the transhumanism movement which is growing.


    +1

    not trying to prompt ideological debate, but ive never understood why so many believe theres something beyond this life. i guess it sounds comforting..
     


  15. Jerome

    Jerome Senior member

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    ^ Nosu3: Funnily I was just drinking some red wine when I was watching that video you posted there...lol..

    Once one has seen dead bodies one nearly involunatrily compares them to living ones and to oneself and then the notion of some essence or soul that animates the living being becomes nearly overpowering...I don't say that there really exists anything like that, maybe not, I'm just relating what I myself felt when I was/am confronted with those things.
     


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