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Since death violates the right to life we ought to wage war against it.
Death and attendant matters have been seminal topics of reflection, disputatious debate, and other modes of social discourse since the dawn of civilization and, presumably, also among the people who predate civilization.
Philosophers and non-philosophers stand on a level of equality with respect to death.
There are no experts on death, for there is nothing to know about it. Not even those who study the death process have an edge on the rest of us. We are all equals in thinking about death, and we all begin and end thinking about it from a position of ignorance.
The concept of death has a use for the living, while death itself has no use for anything.
Whether we think of death as a wall or a door, we cannot avoid using one metaphor or another. We often say that a person who dies is relieved of suffering. However, if death is real, then it is metaphorical even to say that the dead do not suffer, as though something of them remains not to suffer.
Death is always described from the perspective of the living. All we see when we look at death is a reflection of our own lives. The concept of death is absolutely without any object whatsoever. There is no method for getting to know death better, because death cannot be known at all.
Birth and death are the bookends of our lives.
The young have an intellectual understanding that death comes to us all, but their mortality has not become real to them. Ignoring death leaves us and them with a false sense of life’s permanence and perhaps encourages us to lose ourselves in the minutiae of daily of life.
In the twenty-first century, death and dying will be more visible, more omnipresent, more seminal topics of social concern, and a much more pressing economic reality.
All this had and is still having an impact on our culture and our social lives.
In short, in the future people can be aided to die slowly instead of dropping dead or dying quickly. More persons will be dying slowly, and more attention will be given to dying.
We are now entering an age where the tolerance of death is no longer a one way ticket to afterlife. It is a technical problem to be overcome, that can and should be overcome.
The Flagship of Science and technology is to defeat death.
The human declaration to life has no expiry date.
Google company called Calico state mission is to solve death. “We’re tackling aging, one of life’s greatest mysteries.” Calico is a research and development company whose mission is to harness advanced technologies to increase our understanding of the biology that controls lifespan.
There are less and fewer reasons to accept death. A world without death could well put pay to religion as we know it.
The writing’s on the wall:
Equality is out – immortality is in. Upgrades or are we on the way that will make our lives as a young person only a distant memory.
The big question is with humanity destined becoming a ripple in the cosmic data flow will it make any difference?
Not really if we have destroyed the planet.
Long life will definitely trigger bitter political conflicts and wars as it will cause misery not happiness.
We might well conquer the pain of death but misery is another matter.
Like most things, death has both a good side and a bad one.” Life and death depend on each other. You can’t have one without the other, and if you think life is a good thing, you have to see death as desirable as well.
However if death did not exist, life would continue by definition.
Death might be necessary for uncontrolled procreation under constrained resources, but it is not “absolutely necessary for the continuance of life.”
In truth mortality will be still with us:
Once gone, gone forever or maybe not. If the normal lifespan were a thousand years, death at 80 would be a tragedy. As things are, it may just be a more widespread tragedy. If there is no limit to the amount of life that it would be good to have, then it may be that a bad end is in store for us all.
Each one of us will die, yet the individual’s death is merely a part of the human continuum.
So death is only an unknown, unperceivable or experienceable idea of consciousness. Death of consciousness can’t be perceived by itself. However, if the Consciousness is unfragmented, there is no conditioning and hence no fear at all, and hence the need of coming to terms with death also doesn’t arise.
Greek philosopher Epicurus:
So death, the most terrifying of ills, is nothing to us, since so long as we exist, death is not with us; but when death comes, then we do not exist. It does not then concern either the living or the dead, since for the former, it is not, and the latter are no more.
It is useful to think about death only to the point that it frees us to live fully immersed in the life we have yet to live.
I certainly don’t want to die any time soon, and you probably don’t either. This is not merely because we can’t see the future. Death deprives us of many futures, good, bad, and middling.
One might argue, future lives could benefit from the knowledge, but why should that matter to us?
For the dead, death is nothing. The best thing about death is that you don’t know you’re dead.
Perhaps it will all come down too: Within this urn my ashes dwell add H20 and stir them well. A pinch of salt perhaps and then I’ll walk upon this earth again.
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