Should we be afraid of Death?

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    In his influential paper of 1970, tersely entitled Death, the great philosopher Thomas Nagel asks the question: if death is the permanent end of our existence, is it an evil? Either it is an evil because it deprives us of life, or it is a mere blank because there is no subject left to experience the loss. Thus, if death is an evil, this is not in virtue of any positive attributes that it has, but in virtue of what it deprives us from, namely, life. For Nagel, the bare experience of life is intrinsically valuable, regardless of the balance of its good and bad elements.

    The longer one is alive, the more one ‘accumulates' life. In contrast, death cannot be accumulated—it is not, as Nagel puts it, ‘an evil of which Shakespeare has so far received a larger portion than Proust'. Most people would not consider the temporary suspension of life as an evil, nor would they regard the long period of time before they were born as an evil. Therefore, if death is an evil, this is not because it involves a period of non-existence, but because it deprives us of life.

    Should We Be Afraid of Death?
     
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    I doubt most people are afraid of death.

    Its dying that worries us.

    For myself, no, I'm not afraid of death, or of being dead. I believe it is nothing more than a long dreamless sleep and I won't know anything anyway.

    Much worse is being a survivor.
     
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    As long as you are at peace with God and yourself, why should you be afraid? Those that have no place to go, but be worm food, they need to fear.....
     
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    As a person making myself bigger to feed lots of worms and having been dead before only to be revived some time later I can say death is nothing. It is simply the end of birth.
     
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    The fear us not having control over it.

    As we live our lives labouring under the delusion that we do have control over our lives.
     
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    When it is my time to leave this planet, there is nothing I can do to alter that event. God wills it, and I am at peace with it...
     
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    That's the thing. Some of us have not reached that stage.
     
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    Death in an of itself is actually born of evil if the scriptures are rights.
    If not for sin, there would be no death.

    From a secular view, death is entirely natural. I think people fear death mostly because it is unknown. No one knows and never will know to tell others what is on the other side
     
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    God wills your heart to stop beating? Really?
     

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