Thoughts about death

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    Aug 07, 2012 8:27 AM GMT
    W.E.B. Dubois, an American scholar and scientist, gave a description of what dying would be like that is the most rational, non-religious, believable and logical description of what it would be like to die. Shakespeare also did a pretty good job describing it in Hamlet's "to be or not to be" speech at the grave of his father.
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    Mar 10, 2019 3:37 PM GMT
    Radd saidI think about it daily. Sometimes to the point of panic. I hate the thought of living my entire life worrying about it, but I can't seem to not think about it. icon_sad.gif


    Each time you think of death, turn the thought around and think of what you have to do to make the most of your life you have. You will become so preoccupied with living, your death will be something in the distant future that follows all the great things you plan to do while you're alive.

    I have had 2 near death experiences whitewater kayaking and one skiing. It makes me really appreciate life. What I fear is a slow decent to death. That is what I've been watching with one parent or the other for the past 18 years. I could easily live to be over 100 given my family history but I want to have a quality of life well into my 90s.

    On the one hand, I get why people who are so sick that they have no quality of life left would want to end it. On the other hand, I wish I could show a young healthy suicidal person why there is absolutely no need to think of taking their lives. Most of our misery is inflicted on us by other humans. If I got to that point where humanity was making me want to end it all, I would go to a mountain top or a tropical island and just live with the beauty of nature. Everything we need comes from the earth and that includes the love and affection we crave. So that makes me feel that death is simply returning to an earth that gives us so much beauty. Why fear that?
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    Mar 10, 2019 4:34 PM GMT
    Saad22 saidHow often do you think about death ? For me , no matter how much I try to prepare myself ( not that I'm dying) , I can't seem to grasp the idea that one day the world will go on without me ( not trolling , just being sincere). Can you ever be ready to go , be at peace with the idea of dying ? Or is it just one of our primal instincts to be constantly terrified of death ?


    It's abundantly clear that humanity has been preoccupied with death since humans could reason. Throughout our history, and across all cultures, the concept of life after death and meaning in life is a cornerstone concept of cultural practices and beliefs.
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    Mar 10, 2019 5:59 PM GMT
    I have not really feared death for a long time, I fear a long-suffering life. I fear not having a positive impact, I fear to die without making a difference for the better. I became an atheist for the most part, and a huge weight lifted off my shoulders as I no longer fear hellfire and brimstone. I also do acts of kindness more genuinely and have a new appreciation for things that are alive. I am not doing good things to please a god, but out of compassion and empathy.

    If god was real then life is not unique, and he could just fart out more life, but if God is not real, then we are truly unique and life becomes very precious.
  • barefootlover

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    Mar 10, 2019 6:06 PM GMT
    A lot of people's fear of death depends on what they believe happens to them after death. If you believe that life here is all there is, it can be very hard to accept death as a fact of life for yourself and your loved ones. If you don't believe you will ever be reunited with the people you love, it can be very terrifying.
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    Mar 18, 2019 1:26 AM GMT
    I'm 70 now, lost a LOT of friends to AIDS, but now losing friends to age related diseases. I do think about it. I've re-analyzed my whole belief system the last two years, and made a number of significant changes. I've had health issues, my mom's side is long lived (many over 100).. I've had two strokes, recovered well, spend a significant amount of my life exercising, eating decent. I might have 7 - 25 years left.. Although the stated of society really depresses me, and I sometimes feel I do not want to be around.

    But I am going to continue to live life, and do the best I can.. Yes, it was more fun, when I was younger, stronger, handsome, but that's the way life works.. One has to change their focus and adapt. I think about death for a bit, and then decide to stop thinking about it, and deal with my life as it is now.
  • Jeepguy2

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    Mar 18, 2019 1:37 AM GMT
    I am far more worried about living too long than I am about death.
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    Mar 18, 2019 1:53 AM GMT
    It's all apart of living.
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    Mar 18, 2019 1:58 AM GMT
    Webster666 said
    Scruffypup saidI think about it daily. Sometimes to the point of panic. I hate the thought of living my entire life worrying about it, but I can't seem to not think about it. icon_sad.gif




    Me, too.
    But, I don't panic.
    It just prevents me from enjoying whatever time I have left.


    Not something I ever worry about. After living though the Gay Plague, when so many never got to reach 30, and here I now am middle aged and still HIV free, I feel very lucky. I've also spent 20 years nursing in Aged care, and I'd rather die having a good time, than to live for a long time.
    You just never know when your number will be called.