Why most people is afraid of death?

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  1. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    Surely it is fear of ceasing to exist rather than the unknown, isn't it?

    And in my experience (e.g. in the case of my wife and my father), people close to death lose their fear of it. I suspect we fear the death of others as much as we fear it for ourselves.
     
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  3. el es Registered Senior Member

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    What Woody Allen said;

    I just don't want to be there when it happens.
     
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  5. Pinball1970 Registered Senior Member

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    As per a lot of the other posters I am not afraid of death, but I am afraid of prolonged illness and dying painfully.

    I supposed it is a lot to ask, that I have a long life and then have a peaceful death, when kids get cancer and do not make their teens?


    Hitchens wrote a book called “Mortality” I recommend that. About his cancer and dealing with it before he died (he did not finish the book)


    I think the thought of death probably bothered me when I was a Christian rather than after I rejected it.


    In terms of death itself? I think there is nothingness, something I have already experienced before I was born although I do not remember it.

    Not original but relevant.
     
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  7. Zero Point Native Registered Member

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    Zero fear here.

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  8. LiamMcdaniel Registered Member

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    On a related note, [company name removed by moderator - please do not advertise] provides a thoughtful perspective on crafting meaningful narratives for remembrance, which ties into the idea of how we leave our mark on this world. Thanks for bringing up this intriguing aspect of human thought and emotion.
     
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  9. C C Consular Corps - "the backbone of diplomacy" Valued Senior Member

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    Figures. At least this was the short game. What's next? After two years, SarahEllard coming out as a (sleeper agent) spammer ?
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  10. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    I think “she” is Gaiagirl, Faceurchin, Frank Baker etc. Having finally managed to move on from spontaneous combustion and exploding thymus glands.

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  11. Magical Realist Valued Senior Member

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    “Consider the fact that you are now experiencing death, in a curious way. Not being in Paris right now, you know what it is like to be dead in Paris. No lights, no sounds -- nothing. The same goes for Timbuctu. In fact, you are dead everywhere -- except for one small spot. Just think how close you are to being dead everywhere!”
    ― Douglas R. Hofstadter, The Mind’s I: Fantasies and Reflections on Self and Soul
     
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  12. foghorn Valued Senior Member

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    That's funny. I had that experience whilst in Liverpool.
     
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  13. Magical Realist Valued Senior Member

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    "when death comes
    like an iceberg between the shoulder blades,
    I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering:
    what is it going to be like, that cottage of darkness?"

    Mary Oliver
     
  14. kx000 Valued Senior Member

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    You can live and die as long as you are reborn wile the angels save this world. Maybe it’s not too late… to get something back.
     
  15. machaon Registered Senior Member

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    Time is an irresistible force pushing one towards an immovable object (death).
     
  16. Pinball1970 Registered Senior Member

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    So we better make the most of the time in-between!
     
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  17. Pinball1970 Registered Senior Member

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    I like your Avatar!
    I believe only humans can do something positive with this world.
     
  18. Write4U Valued Senior Member

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    That is not even wrong. It is a category error.
    If you are dead you cannot experience what it's like to be anything or anywhere at all.
    Death can only be experienced under anesthesia, when you can come back from being a dead object and tell about it.
    And all you can tell is that you have absolutely no idea how much time has passed while under anesthesia.
    You can be under for 5 min, 5 hrs, 5 days, 5 years, 50 years. You would have been "away" from any experience at all.
    You cannot imagine what it's like to be dead.
    Death itself cannot be experienced at all. It's dying that can be experienced.
     
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  19. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

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    You are making a category error. A person who is under anesthesia is not dead.
    Sure you can.
    Are you aware that in the very same post where you wrote this, you also wrote "Death can only be experienced under anesthesia..."?

    What's happening with you, man?
     
  20. Write4U Valued Senior Member

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    I know they are not dead. But under anesthesia, the conscious part of the brain has been rendered unconscious, reducing the person (you) to a living object, similar to a plant.
    A total absence of experiential consciousness, absolute nothingness.
     
  21. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

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    Then tell me why you wrote "Death can only be experienced under anestheia...".

    You will now admit that being under anesthesia will not enable you to experience death. Right?
     

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