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Posted 11/14/11
Death is the end of life, but what is the end of life? If its merely the termination of the various vital processes by which the body sustain itself to continue, what causes these vital processes to function in the first place, and what causes it end? But if it is the end of life, what is life? Is it merely the various chemical and biological functions, can all of life merely be defined numbers and variables juxtaposed together between bulky paragraphs? Or is one's life merely a story writ ere any man was created, for us to be cheap entertainment of some higher, all knowing power, who already knows what shall happen, when, why, and how, and who damns and saves as he pleases? Beyond these philosophical speculations, what is the essence of death, its principle and root causes, and its nature?

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I don't think it should be anywhere in the dictionary, encyclopedia or thesaurus of life that death needs to be part of that definition. In other words life only defines death (and not the other way around) because it marks the end of it. Similar to the way in which a light is on, the room is bright not because you turn the darkness off. Darkness is dark because it's the absence of light energy, you don't need energy to create darkness. And keep in mind that a very common synonym for death is darkness.
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Posted 11/18/11

longfenglim wrote:

Death is the end of life, but what is the end of life? If its merely the termination of the various vital processes by which the body sustain itself to continue, what causes these vital processes to function in the first place, and what causes it end? But if it is the end of life, what is life? Is it merely the various chemical and biological functions, can all of life merely be defined numbers and variables juxtaposed together between bulky paragraphs? Or is one's life merely a story writ ere any man was created, for us to be cheap entertainment of some higher, all knowing power, who already knows what shall happen, when, why, and how, and who damns and saves as he pleases? Beyond these philosophical speculations, what is the essence of death, its principle and root causes, and its nature?



The end of life,meaning?
What's life? When we are born that very second we begin a process to slowly die, so does everything else on this planet.
Well besides the Turritopsis nutricula, he is an immortal jellyfish. He ages backwards back and fourth over and over, he literally
is a phoenix of the waters.

Why is this? evolution, our bodies can't sustain the long term of life on terms of how we consume, how we live.
Drenched in poison for personal and psychological gain, we are doomed to die and the only ones to blame are us.
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Posted 11/19/11
I believe death is simple the time when your soul parts with this Earth. Now it doesn't go to a Heaven nor a Hell. It simply wanders the Earth. Going into different forms. Bodies. Like maybe a new born's body. Somewhat of a reincarnation. I dunno my thought.
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Posted 11/20/11
death is when you cease the function of growing and reproducing get brokendown by other organsims
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Posted 11/20/11
Nay. Death is when you cross the wrong person, at the wrong time. Also known as "Steel in your belly". Then you get reincarnated as a raccoon dog.
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Posted 11/26/11
I don't believe in afterlife...
... So death means dying.. literally
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Posted 11/27/11
Honestly, i just think that dying is just dying, you don't go anywhere except 6 feet under. I do think that when you die, your last thought becomes reality. Apparently the human brain stays active for around 12 minutes after death, so whatever you think becomes your new reality. And obviously that 12 minutes is a life span. I dont know if this is true, but that is kind of what i believe
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Posted 11/30/11

DomFortress wrote:

Death is all around us, it's a part of life itself. Through evolution and natural selection, our cells retained the feature of programmed cell death, aka apoptosis. Therefore in order for death to have such a strong grip of fear on our psych, we have to somehow believe that being alive is more valuable than it actually is, and overstretch our definition of life beyond the metaphysical. To say that death is the end of life itself is how we managed to live in fear.


So, basically, death is just another natural process, as life, and we are living in fear because of that? What, then, is the worth and definition of life that people hold too too dear?
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Posted 12/1/11
Death is what happens when you stop asking questions.
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Death is an action of becoming non-existant.

When a plant or fruit is removed from it's source of growth and vitality (the soil, the sun, etc), it decays. It is not longer a plant - only the remains of what used to be a plant can be found. This isn't such an obvious trasnformation, though, as some signs of what are we are traditionally taught and are traditionally associated with life are still retained in the physical space of where the plant used to be. When an apple falls from a tree, it is technically dead. Not to say that we can't still benefit from eating the fruit, but in terms of biology, it is a dead thing.

In the same way, when a person dies, the soul leaves the body. The source of growth and vitality leaves. The body can no longer be called a person, as the term implies an ongoing union of a soul and body. Due to the action we call death, that separation, the "person" becomes non-existant. Dead.

From my point of view, we can take that a bit further. If you believe in souls, that is. If you haven't already stopped reading, of course. When the soul leaves, I was taught it goes to be with God - assuming your soul was worthy of doing so. The concept of "spiritual death" comes into play. What is a spirit? A soul? It's a basic existence, coupled with the spirit or image of God. The union of the two things, this existance and the spirit of God, merged, is a soul. If the Soul were to be separted into it's basic parts and one removed from the other - God's spirit removed from the base existance - the soul dies (it can no longer be called a soul, as the separted person is no longer a person, a separated plant no longer a plant.)

Which then leads to why people go to "Hell", according to the Bible. Hell is supposedly a separation from God. If your soul was created to be one with God, it's unfathomable, the torment your soul would go through if it was separated from the thing it was meant to be a part of from the beginning - violently ripped from it's own purpose and only being half of what it was supposed to be for all eternity. Spiritual death is the most scary concept I can think of.

It's like ripping the legs off an olympic runner.
It's like taking the sight and hearing from gamer or anime fan.
It's like removing the ability to read from the mind of an avid reader.
it's like separating a happily married couple.

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Posted 12/6/11
What if death is something that we would have never thought it would be? Maybe we do go to an alternate reality other than heaven or hell? Or perhaps since nobody really knows, what if we just rot in the ground and our spirit dies with our body as we cease to live? All i am saying is that we shouldnt put as much thought as we do into death and let it happen? Dont be afraid that death may occur tomorrow. I know im not. Just live life like there is no tomorrow, try a few dangers and explore, have fun with the life you have now
Posted 12/7/11 , edited 12/7/11
Death is a condition in which your body fails and stops living.
What I know is unsaved people go to a place called hades, then they go to hell, and they are consumed by fire. After that their soul dies and is gone. It turns into nothing.
That is death.
Alternatively there's life everlasting. I believe in Christ, but I'm not going to tell you what to believe, that's your descision.
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Posted 12/11/11
Death is probably the time when you will review your deeds at you past life.
Sometimes death is a symbol of compensation...
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Posted 12/16/11
People have many theorys about death, the most famous theory is heaven and hell, then theres reincarnation theorys. I don't believe in any of these theorys cause i have absolutely no knowledge of it, and neither does anyone else, cause they too haven't died yet. Besides people who come back to life, which describe seeing a light. Ofcourse i don't fully believe this is true but it's something people can atleast consider until their time comes but theres a theory that death's just a big long dream and you go on dreaming forever. Your dream may be heaven, hell, another life, etc. I believe in an superior life form, like a somewhat god, But i have no beliefs on death. Death is merely something we haven't experienced yet.
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