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    Facing Our Death

    created by AZDICT 1056 days 10 hours 12 minutes ago

    Category: World

    Facing Our Death

    While it's not something that's at the forefront of our minds, every day that we live is in fact one day closer to our death. A bit morbid, but true.

    There are many who are trying to research alternative methods to prolong life and prevent death but as of now death is pretty much inevitable for every one of us.

    So why are people so scared of death? It's so much a part of life that it's practically impossible for there to be life without death.

    Do you think you'd live any different if your first thought every morning was "Today might be the day I die"?

    Do you think you might be less scared of death if it's likelihood was a constant awareness?

    Re: Facing Our Death

    Hey Azdict,

    I think many people are scared of death because it is an unknown and most people are scared of the unknown. Also, I believe that many people don't think about death because it seems so far away for many. Unfortunately, it can be right around the corner. For example, young people such as myself have the mindset that it won't happen to me.

    As for living your life differently if the first thought you had every day was "Today might be the day that I die", I believe for many it would affect how they approached each day. Human nature has people wanting to make the most of the time they have left, so I believe their thoughts and actions would be different if this sentence was the first a person heard at the beginning of the day.

    I think I would be less scared if it was a constant awareness, because I would have time to prepare myself mentally and spiritually. The constant awareness would help me adjust to something that is just another part of life.

    As Steven Knapp says, "Preparing for death is looking into the truth of yourself. By doing this you also learn how to live. If we start preparing sooner, we learn, we have a greater opportunity to appreciate our life, and attain a high level of consciousness for the final transition."

    Great forum! Really made me think and focus on an issue that is pretty much not discussed in casual conversation in today's society.

    Re: Facing Our Death

    I am scared of the unknown but I feel at peace with my future after death. I believe in the afterlife particularly about heaven. I believe when it's my time to go that's where I'll go.

    The logistics of it all, the pain, the unknown of how I'll die is what is scary. If I have to suffer. If I'll be murdered. I think those are normal human fears. If I could just pass in my sleep that would be the best.


    Re: Facing Our Death

    Hey AZDICT. For me, what's scary is that I would die and leave my loved ones hurting and in pain. I don't really care what happens to me in the afterlife, but I am extremely passionate about my family and friends. I sometimes imagine having children and I pass away, causing them to mourn and be in this extreme emotional agony, and it breaks my heart.
    Lots of love,

    Re: Facing Our Death

    Good Day friend,

    I think people are scared of death because they don't know their spiritual side of themselves. I mean who they really are, what they are really here to do, and what their next mission is after this reality. I personally am excited about death when it comes meaning it's graduation time for me and many others on this planet. I will just leave it at that live long and Prosper. HEHEe

    Re: Facing Our Death

    “And you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it's sinking
    Racing around to come up behind you again
    The sun is the same in a relative way, but you're older
    Shorter of breath and one day closer to death” – excerpt from the song “Time”
    by the artist Pink Floyd (1973).

    The first time we see death, we are sometimes caught unaware. My hamster, Jerry, in its cage appears to be sleeping, but is stiff and cold when I try to wake it up. Death, in our youth is a bit of a surprise, but not typically terrible. That terror comes later, once we begin to grasp a fuller meaning of what the corpse indicates.
    With life, we are capable of action, of movement, of reproduction, of achieving things and most importantly, of behaving in ways that help us remain alive. This state of life is the only state we have known. To see what death does to those we care about, then later connect the dots and realize it will happen to us is significant grounds for terror, even more so when we realize that regardless of our best efforts, at most, we are stalling the inevitable. I don’t know about you, but this scares me on a very deep, primal level. It may also explain, in part, my love of zombies (see profile picture).

    How deeply I believed in today possibly being my last day on the planet would inform how I act, without a doubt. I imagine police officers or professional criminals (certain types anyway), have this thought run through their heads most days. This doesn’t mean they dwell on the notion, but rather acknowledge it and move on to do their job. They can do this because the odds are in their favor.

    On the other hand, I’m fairly certain I would live much differently if there was a constant feeling in the back of my mind that death was stalking me. I suspect that to a point, this is what causes hypervigilance in soldiers and helps to induce PTSD. You cannot be constantly in fear of your life and not have it cause you to be jumpy, paranoid, and most importantly, scared beyond words. I have no combat experience, I am only speaking based on my limited understanding of both death and being a soldier. I welcome anyone with experience to share their insights and if necessary, refute any of my assertions.