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originally posted by: neoholographic
I have zero fear of death and I always wondered why people have such a fear of it. Sure, you don't want to leave your loved ones and life is enjoyable. I think I just look at things from a rational point of view.
First, we can't say death has any real meaning outside of our local perspective. I truly believe that non locally, we can't die. There will always be some version of us somewhere in this vast, maybe infinite universe. There isn't any flow of time, just moments that we label past, present and future. Einstein said the distinctions between past, present and future is just a persistent illusion. So we see a distinction between spin up and spin down from our limited 3D perspective. The natural state of the particle is a superposition of states. We can only measure one state at a time which gives us a series of moments. But that's just because we can't experience the whole multidimensional reality. We can only experience it one measurement at a time. So in this sense, death is meaningless.
Secondly, it's just the way it is and it comes down to simple odds and statistics. That just makes so much sense to me. Each year, a certain amount of people will die from cancer, strokes, car accidents and more. Here's a stat:
Upon averaging the car accident data from 2005 to 2015, one can estimate that 5,808,272 car accidents occur every year in the U.S. This amounts to around 15,913 accidents per day.
This is how steady it looked over 5 years.
On a side note, it's interesting how there's not more variation between years in something that's seen as being random.
Anyway, death comes down to odds and statistics. I have a friend who barely smokes but he died of cancer. My cousin smokes like a chimney, almost 2 packs a day, and she just had a physical and was in great health.
So why is my cousin healthy and my friend dead who barely smoked? It's just statistics.
Nearly 160,000 lives are lost annually. 158,080 people in the U.S. will die of lung cancer in 2016. 1 in 15 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with lung cancer in their lifetime—1 in 14 men and 1 in 17 women.
Again, just statistics. Out of the population, someone has to die from these things just like in a game of poker, someone will get a full house or a straight the longer you play the game.
Looking at it this way just simplifies things. At least it does for me.