( A seven minute read)
Why haven’t we evolved immortality?
Switch off those genes that lead to death. Weed out those genes that cause ageing. It’s an Evolution oversight.
Religion asserts that we humans are subjects to a system of moral laws that we did not invent and that we cannot change, revealed by different prophets.
If and when science makes significant progress in the war against death, the real war will shift from religions (That would be quite a surprise. If it were true, it would be the most important discovery in the entire history of philosophy. Death is the thing most of us dread above all else. This attitude is nearly universal across all cultures and eras.) to parliaments, courthouses, and streets. It will trigger bitter political conflicts.
Can millions of years of conditioning of man’s consciousness be removed?
‘Conditioning’ isn’t a genetic disorder. It occurs, only after birth, most of us think it’s a bad thing to die but no one minds being dead.
The dead never complain.
Human beings are conditioned, though the levels vary. Hence, their behaviors also vary and the possibilities of conflicts are there. Hence, there is no point in blaming others, even if they are not able to correct themselves, so when I point out that there is little point in reminding you that all of you going to die there is vast silence on the subject.
To be dead is not to exist at all, and there’s nothing unpleasant about that.
Our loathing of death is all a mistake. Our own death does not affect us while we’re alive only the expectation or fear of death can affect us, but not death itself. Our own death does not affect us while we’re alive.
However The Funeral Time Bomb’ awaiting us all is repugnant.
Faced with the choice between dying now and being brutally tortured for 10 years and then dying, we ought to be completely indifferent. That’s what it would mean for death to be nothing to us. Yet if we know anything about what’s good or bad, we know that it’s good to be spared pointless suffering. And since death can bring this about, there must be something good about death.
This however is not the main subject of the post rather the rising cost of dying:
No one really wants to think about their own funeral, but like it or not, this event typically ranks among the most expensive purchases a consumer makes in their lifetime.
Socrates said and I quote,
“Wherefore, be of good cheer about death and know of a certainty that no evil can happen to a good man either in this life or after death. The hour of my departure has arrived and we go our separate ways – I to die and you to live.”
Sure, death is a one-off expense (unless you believe in reincarnation) but it can easily set you back more than ten grand.
People are living longer, so the cost of dying is steadily increased.
There is little analysis about what is driving these costs and how they are likely to shift over future generations. We could reach an impasse where funerals become unaffordable for the vast majority of households.
If you pop your clogs without a plan in place, you could leave friends and relatives picking up the tab. If death puts us beyond harm’s reach, it must also put us beyond the reach of any benefit.
There are big differences in the cost of a funeral depending on where you live. Of course, your final send-off doesn’t have to be an extravagant affair. The most crucial factor is whether you opt for a burial or cremation.
It is estimated that in the UK over the next 20 years the number of deaths is likely to rise by 20%. By the end of 2015 the last of the baby boomers will turn 50, and the oldest among them will turn 70.
The Increasing numbers of deaths are potentially a game changer for the
funeral industry by 2020 the spending on funerals in the UK will be around £3.7bn with UK funeral debt reaching a quarter of a billion by the mid-2030s.
Funeral homes run a business out of death to make profit with insurance companies pushing for people to take out burial policies in the hope you will have paid more than the cost. Funeral director fees make up the majority of the cost. Cremation now cost £683 on average and burial fees £1,645.
Is it time for Funeral expenses be capped and should grave management be change to a lease holding system?
Should governments offer pre-paid plan funeral trusts that are set aside for your death, regardless of whether you stop contributing.
As life and death depend on each other, you can’t have one without the other, should it be law to set up a savings account or pool of money clearly earmarked for funeral costs.
Mankind has acquired ‘knowledge’ about all matters in the universe, but may not have acquired enough ‘Knowledge about the Knowledge itself, per se’.
From birth man is struggling to avoid death any cost,.our survival instinct is deeply inserted in our brains. Only one moment of voluntary exit from intellectual arena is enough for consciousness to get liberated for ever.
If you think life is a good thing, you have to see death as desirable as well.
Thinking Outside the Box.
Alternative burials could be promoted. We are well-aware that even in death we still cause an adverse impact on the environment. Why not memorialize your loved ones through any of the below biodegradable and eco-friendly options?
Green burial maintains a healthy balance between the earth’s natural processes and the human life cycle.
- Scattering of ashes in the wind.
- Resomation has been praised by some as the most environmentally friendly way to be buried.
- Urn burias at sea are possible at almost all of the coasts of the North- and Baltic-Sea.
- Urns can be buried in special forest areas.
- Get Public Parks and Golf courses to offer green burial.
- Forget tombstones and cemeteries. An Italian company has created a beautiful and eco-friendly alternative.( picture below)
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