reply to post by Tifozi
I must say, I disagree with you at a fundamental level. Why should anyone fear non-existence? You won't know that you don't exist, so it won't
matter. What I think many of us actually fear with death are two things...
1) Pain. None of us here have actually experienced death (somebody may have had a near death experience or been proclaimed dead but was revived, but
that's a different topic) and so we are scared that the method of death will hurt tremendously or that death itself is painful. This leads to my
2) The Unknown. Those who feel ignorant about the afterlife and what it may or may not be like are scared of what it might be. Even those of faith
are often unsure and are scared of what their conditions might be after death. They've never experienced death or had anyone tell them about it, so
it is scary.
I believe in a Heaven and Hell (Of course, if you take a biblical look at the afterlife it is actually very different then what most Christians
believe, though perfect doctrine is not required for salvation).
If it turns out i was wrong, I won't have any regrets, because I won't be able to. What's to lose? The experiences in life I could have had?
Again, I won't be able to regret having missed them. Oh well...
The other thing is that by believing in an afterlife, there is a stronger argument for our purpose in life. If we simply die and cease to exist, what
is the purpose? To experience life and then not be able to recall any of it? Why not just end it since, as the Buddhist would say, "Life is
BTW, I am most definitely NOT endorsing suicide. Just pointing out how important it is to have a purpose.
Edit - Also, Black Holes are not nothing (assuming they are real, as they have not been completely proven) but are extremely condensed matter. We may
not be able to understand a void where not even molecules are there, but I sure don't.
[edit on 12-3-2010 by Mykahel]