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It's not death I'm afraid of, it's the manner of how it arrives. I've been around a number of people who died and unfortunately none was in a peaceful manner. In fact you could say most were horrible and some quite violent.
So going by what I've seen it's not death that's to be feared, it's how you get to it.
...I guess everyone has their own opinion. I’ve heard a million of them, and have got my own.
...I think people throughout history have been rather creative and effective in conjuring up totally irrational belief systems to help them cope with the finality of death.
...You have your beliefs and I’ve got mine, such as they are (cough, cough...). Truth be known, I often think that life would have been much easier, more fulfilling and made a hellova lot more sense to me if I only had the ability to believe in things based solely on the power of faith. But, that’s one human trait that has escaped me for as long as I’ve been on this Earth. I’ve never been able to get a handle on that elusive concept. At any rate, I’m truly not trying to diminish or minimize the beliefs expressed by others here.
...In my limited way, I’ve always felt that life here is basically just a crap shoot. It appeared suddenly out of nothingness, provided a few laughs, a few tears and a brief window over a vast landscape we’ll never truly comprehend, and will then just as suddenly disipate back into the nothingness from where it came.