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Originally posted by Yarcofin
My biggest fear is not existing, so naturally I am quite afraid of death. Sometimes I'm just sitting there and I think about it. What if it IS just black emptiness and not existing, forever? It kind of hits me like a wall, just thinking that it is quite a strong probability that it is the case. Kind of makes all of life seem futile because you are going to die anyway so nothing really matters, and on the other hand you want to live as long as possible just to be assured that you will still exist, at least for a little longer.
Originally posted by AceWombat04
My feeling is that there are two possibilities.
1) There is no afterlife, reincarnation, or any other perpetuation of consciousness/being beyond one's physical demise. If this is the case, then one has the choice of either a) living as though each day could be one's last, trying to do what one believes is right so that those who remain after one's death might inherit a good or better world, and living life to its fullest while it lasts, or b) living life as though nothing matters because birth is a terminal condition, and therefore compassion, love, etc. are just as irrelevant and temporary as existence. (I would try my best to choose option A over option B.)
2) There is some form of afterlife, whatever form it may take. Therefore, death is irrelevant and should not be dreaded or feared.
If #1 is true, then surely the fear of death only serves to detract from what precious, fragile time we have. If #2 is true, then death is no more of an ending than the setting of the sun. In either case, I see no rational reason to fear death.
The sorrow we feel when others die makes more sense to me, because it is an uncontrollable reaction to loss. That is to say that we can no sooner prevent the sorrow we experience at the loss of a loved one than we can resist the physical pain we would feel at the severing of a limb; it is the fear of the pain of a whole being torn into fragments, as opposed to the fear of a whole being removed in its entirety (thus remaining undamaged, whether it retains consciousness - or exists at all any longer - or not.)
Originally posted by k4rupt
Is this belief considered Agnostic? Universalist? I haven't found a correct label for my "belief."