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Death, are you afraid?

  1. May 18, 2005 #1
    I think it's just that alergy feeling of spring or it might be something else that's getting me down. I've been perticularly thinking about the topic of death alot. I keep on thinking about how when we die, our mind just blink out and then that's it. I know that our lives is so enormously insignificant in the grand scheme of existence. Everyday people die, the world keeps on turning and when my time is up, the world will still go on without a thought. I don't know, it's just the thought of our brain logging off without ever logging on that frightens me. I've also try to grasp the complete emptiness of non-existence but... :uhh:

    anyone else gone through the phase?
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    I don't think non-existance is a good way of putting death
  4. May 18, 2005 #3
    I find that the best way of dealing with things is not dealing with them. Sure i'll die. Meh.
  5. May 18, 2005 #4


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    I think everyone thinks about it at some point, but as long as you don't dwell on it, it's ok.

    Nothingness is probably the best option because if there is nothing after death, you won't know, so you won't care. But I promised my daughter that I would never die, so it's not something I need to worry about. :tongue:
  6. May 18, 2005 #5
    What a depressing thread.
  7. May 18, 2005 #6
    It's hard to tell how one will react to death until one is faced with it.

    One of my uncles told me some stories of his time as a Recon Marine in the Vietnam War. There were several times were his life was in danger. Yes, he was afraid. Once he ran over 10 miles to avoid a much larger enemy force. He said the adrenalin kept them all going. And another time he was carrying a buddy who had been shot and he was shot himself and didn't even notice it. When in a situation like that the instinct for survival becomes very strong.

    Over a year ago I had an experience where I thought I was going to die. Probably shouldn't mention this here, but what the hell. I was having a conversation with someone while standing in their kitchen. I noticed that I felt a little lightheaded, kind of like when you have been resting for a while and then quickly stand up. My vision started getting a little whiter and I felt uneasy. I sat down and figured that would fix it. It didn't. My vision started turning very white and I started worrying. I dismissed myself and went to the bathroom. I sat on the toilet and put my head inbetween my legs. It didn't help. I couldn't see much of anything and there was a pain on both sides of my abdomen. I started getting very hot. WAY too hot. I took off my jacket and could barely take off my shirt. By that time there wasn't much else I could do. Sweat was rolling off my body like I had just stepped out of the shower. It was unreal. There was a sense of panic that was overwhelming. I remember thinking, 'I wish I would just live or die and not have to deal with this panic anymore.'

    Then I started feeling better and my vision came back. I still felt a little sick. So I washed my face and wiped off the sweat and went back out. Problem solved. No more fear.
  8. May 18, 2005 #7

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    I find your faith in nothingness touching. Faith is a beautiful thing. o:)
  9. May 18, 2005 #8
    wow huck... sounds... um... (dammit the only thing i can think of is 'neat' but somehow that seems inappropriate...)

    Anyways, i went through depression a little bit ago, and so i contemplated death and suicide regularly. i sort of came to figure, either way, nothing really happens or matters... so i'll just live until death comes my way, and then i'll just die until something else happens... i guess it doesn't make sense really, but thats how i avoided seriously contemplating suicide. When you think about the inevitability of death... it puts life into an entirely different perspective. some people find it depressing, i think its liberating. i can do most anything, and things turn out the same no matter what... so i try to enjoy myself, and be happy, and not worry... that attitude also helped break my depression.

    When i was a kid, my parents convinced me of reincarnation. I'm not sure i believe it now, but its sort of always in the back of my mind anyways. i guess since i learned it as a kid, i sort of have an instinctual belief that stuff never just "ends" so i dunno...
  10. May 18, 2005 #9


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    In Buddhism, it is said that "all who are born, must die." Like is the journey between birth and death. Don't waste a moment.

    I should have died many times in the past. I am still here.

    I don't worry about death.

    I have many things to accomplish.

    Besides I have to be somewhere April 30, 2055. :biggrin:
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    I'm glad you're out of it, you're too cool to be depressed, wait until you're my age and life has passed you by and you're in a job you hate and every month you wonder if you'll have a job next month (this industry sucks) and you're all alone, and you weren't allowed to go into the fieldof study you wanted, oh and did I mention old, and it's all downhill from here, you're starting to sag and snap and crackle and pop. :tongue2:

    There is a line in an old Cary Grant movie that I love "The Bishop's Wife", (Cary plays an angel) where an old professor tells Cary that lately every time he's passed the cemetary he felt like he was apartment hunting. I'm not there yet, but I now I qualify for AARP membership. :cry: I can get senior citizens discounts at the drug store, except the clerck thought that I was joking because I look younger than her. :grumpy:
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    not afraid of dying.
  13. May 18, 2005 #12
    That brought somewhat of a comfort, thank you. Now the dreaded part right now is me trying to contemplate mysef before birth. Surely it sounds easy as lacking myself in the past but i just can't get my head around it. I hate thinking. It goes a long way to explain why dogs are so happy all the damn time
  14. May 18, 2005 #13
    well... again if you believe in the reincarnation thing... the matter's simplified...

    But at any rate, birth and death are alot the same in many ways. its kinda funny to think that a new born infant, and an elderly person on their deathbed are the same distance from the same 'nothingness.' i sometimes look at death and think, "why would i be afriad... i've been there before..."
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    I'll make it very simple for you

    Do you really want to live forever?

    I mean, really, do you?

    Just how boring would it be to live forever? Do you have any idea?

    People that claim there is life after death must be really boring people in their everyday life
  16. May 18, 2005 #15
    He calls himself Anubis. What else could his first thread be about besides death?

    Why, is there a party somewhere? Haley's comet coming back again?
  17. May 18, 2005 #16
    i'm guessing its the second coming of christ. Or maybe he's coming to the bash i'm throwing for my 67.5 birthday... but thats on the 3rd of april you silly, not the 30th.
  18. May 18, 2005 #17
    I'm not going to die. You see, I have a deal with god, he owes me a favor since he cheated off my math test back in '69. Boy wouldn't ever have graduated if it weren't for me.
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    It's my hundredth birthday. :biggrin:
  20. May 18, 2005 #19
    and i'm sure you'll be as riddiculously good looking as ever! i so don't believe you're eligible for AARP... my dad just recently started getting that stuff... and he's ancient! is your age posted somewhere? hmm... well, however old you are, i'm taking my beauty tips from you, i hope i'm half as good looking when i'm that age. hmm.... if i live that long eh?

    [edit] I'm wearing my easter hat right now... not that it has anything to do with this post or this thread, i just decided i felt like mentioning it... so i'm mentioning it... actually, i already did... but ya... [\edit]
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  21. May 18, 2005 #20
    Haley's comet is 2061 actually. You were close though, 6 years late.
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