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Is death something to be feared and life something to be valued?
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Posted 10/5/11

uhohimdead wrote:

everyone wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die


Incorrect. People who do not believe in heaven, have no desire, nor aspirations to go to such a place. And there are plenty of people who want to die.


As for my personal opinion. Death is not to be feared or valued, death just is.
From what i have gathered, the most likely scenario is that you simply stop existing. You go into non-existence.
Do you remember what you were doing 100 million years ago? A million years ago? A thousand years ago? a century ago?
You didn't exist. You have, not existed, for way longer than you have existed. And will go back to doing so after your, in an astronomical sense, absolutely insignificant spand of living.

You are 1 person, out of 7 billion people. On a rock with a 40,000 km circumference, flying through space. Orbiting the sun, a star 109 times larger than earth. A star that is one of 200-400 billion other stars in the Milky Way galaxy. Which is 1 of 200 billion+ galaxies in the observable universe.
It's the very selfish thing humans have. Some feel they are so special, that they will keep existing after death. That the universe can't possibly keep ticking without them, having some sort of self awareness.

We are lucky enough to be alive, if only for a while. Enjoy life, laugh, cry, eat, fuck, love. Do all the things you want to try, at least once. You get one shot, don't blow it. The only thing you should worry about in regards to death. Is being on your deathbed, with a bucket list of things you never did when you had the chance.
Of course, hoping for a painless transition is all good. But pain has to do with life, not death. After death, there most likely is no pain. Getting hit in the head by a meteor, or dying in your sleep, makes no difference.


TL;DR version;
Don't worry about death.
Posted 10/5/11
If you want to put it that way, then sure.
Posted 10/5/11
you can never appreciate life if you fear death. they always go hand in hand.
Posted 10/5/11
Vice versa, IMO. With life, you don't know what's happening next. With death, you just die and you're gone. I am afraid, however, of the pain I might endure when dying or where I might go afterwards.
Posted 10/6/11
'Life? Valuable? Only in a perfect world. We are not in a perfect world. This world is meaninglessly vicious and sadistic, where every hope and dream is considered a feign to garner sympathy. Where every person who doesn't have everything has close to nothing. And those that manage to have something look down on those that have nothing because they're forced into situations where morals are counter-productive.


Someone isn't measured by life but their value to society. If they work, consume, then they have value. If they can't strive to be productive and proactive, they have no value. Since they have no value, it'd be meaningless to have their input of whether or not they feared death. Because if they have no value, it'd be more productive to just kill them. This is obvious.

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Posted 10/6/11
In the act of fearing death, you obviously value your life. That's just common sense.

Worrying about death is pointless though. Tomorrow you could randomly get hit by a bus in a crueler depiction of it.
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Posted 10/6/11
Death is nothing to be feared.. but yeah life is to be valued!!
if u don't value it.. be sure to be welcomed in hell!
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Posted 10/6/11 , edited 10/6/11
You shouldn't fear death itself, it's something that's inevitable and should be treated with comfort when it comes

Not being able to fulfill what you want to do in your life before you die is what you should be afraid of... So yeah, life should be valued.
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Posted 10/6/11 , edited 10/6/11
I expect the value of life is relative to the fear of death.
I value the things I do in life and I do them whilst waiting for death.
I don't like the idea of having to stop, though.
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Posted 10/6/11 , edited 10/6/11
Life and death is nothing more than a cycle. Someone dies to make room for someone else so ergo I don't fear death as I know I'll die one day anyway by the reapers design, and someone else will take my place in this godforsaken place called Limbo (Earth), whilst I escape from it. So basically you could say that life is/or more rather the body is a prison keeping a soul trapped inside until the body dies.

The fear of death is nothing more than a mechanism built in to anything that has a conscience and is self-aware, however it's also a known fact that fear can also be overwritten depending on factors.
Posted 10/6/11 , edited 10/6/11

Lauriet wrote:

'Life? Valuable? Only in a perfect world. We are not in a perfect world. This world is meaninglessly vicious and sadistic, where every hope and dream is considered a feign to garner sympathy. Where every person who doesn't have everything has close to nothing. And those that manage to have something look down on those that have nothing because they're forced into situations where morals are counter-productive.


Someone isn't measured by life but their value to society. If they work, consume, then they have value. If they can't strive to be productive and proactive, they have no value. Since they have no value, it'd be meaningless to have their input of whether or not they feared death. Because if they have no value, it'd be more productive to just kill them. This is obvious.



The attitude of cynicism has nothing to offer to reality. It creates a hopeless way of seeing everything and doesn't give out anything nice or better since there's no such thing.

It's easy to think that way. Even if you have nothing at least bother to have an imagination.

Someone who brushes of ubiquitousness and I can't's are true bosses. You're a zombie, you have to put on your wizards hat sometimes and make what seemingly appears to be nonsense a better way of life.
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Posted 10/6/11
Life is in its simplest forms, a rollercoaster - The ride has its ups, the ride has its downs. Sometimes it speeds up, and sometimes it slows down. Either way, live the ride; it is a wonderful experience.
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Posted 10/6/11
I just checked back in on this topic I started...

I'm finding these comments really interesting. Some of them sound very sincere; wrought from personal experience. Others just make me get such an anxious mindset that I feel it in my chest.

This is a topic of great interest to me. I'm hoping more people will share their comments. I love the diverse (and diverging) opinions.
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Posted 10/7/11
There's no need to fear death. It will come...one day, soon enough.

Just live life each day, the best way possible. Then, there shouldn't be any problems~!
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Posted 10/7/11
death is not something to be afraid of, it only means that we have already fulfilled our purpose on earth,but at the same time we should value life because not everyone is given the chance to live like you
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