being atheist or agnostic we know that chriatainality and angels and demons gods and devils and most likely an afterlife are all just wishful thinking. seeing as we know that death is indeed the end for us does that idea frightend you ? what are your thoughts on death ? personaly i gotta admitt it scares me . i know there is nothing i can do to avoid it . im so sad when a relative dies knowing ill never see them again. and this is why i think so many people wanna believe in a god and heaven. we want so badly to believe us and our loved ones will live on that many do so just to comfort themselfs. your thoughts ?
My lovely, kind, sweet step mother is soon to be 105 years old. She is still in relatively good health, but with the slight inconvenience of being on oxygen 24/7.
She married and brought much happiness to my father for 15 years. She lives in the care of her daughter now, who dotes on her, assures her comfort, and attends to her physical and emotional health.
In spite of that, she says she's ready to die. She doesn't understand why God has let her live so long. She appreciates the caring, closeness of family, and all the love she is given, but she's ready to be done with it all.
I hope to live so long that I desire to be done with it.
It seems unlikely. If you look at the history of the idea there are all sorts of afterlives, which become progressively more benign, until the new age versions have entire "soul families" floating in an afterlife and doing a dance of incarnation after incarnation. It's a beautiful fantasy but merely the way this has developed makes me suspicious about its truthfulness.
I don't fear death ... but the physical dying part of it worries me. I do support the Hemlock Society .. it's the last bit of control one has. Having personal experiences over the years with those who have passed on, has been comforting. My religion teaches reincarnation is a fact.
I am afraid of death in the sense that I do not want to be killed by someone before my time arrives.
But, death itself as a life process does not scare me. Someday we will all die. No one has lived for ever, will live forever. I see death as a part of living. You get conceived, you spend sometime inside you mothers womb, you are born, you grow and grow until you reach old age and you die. We are part of this cycle of life and death. So, why be afraid of the end?
Unfortunately, this process can be curtailed in many ways. Wars will kill many, disease will end lives prematurely, bad people will kill others for pleasure and profit, accidents will kill many.
We all feel sad when someone close to us dies. We grieve for them. But we do not show the same grief when other people die, especially if we are not attached to them somehow. Our bombs will kill thousands somewhere else. We applaud the bombers who drop the bombs. Our soldier will kill people, we will call them heroes.
It appears that we are all involved in the death business one way or another.
I learned first hand that the thought of being dead does not frighten me. Dying on the other hand can be quite painful.
While installing a new washer I found out the hard way that my water heater was defective and had electrified my plumbing.
I'm being electrocuted...
If I don't let go soon I'm gonna die...
I'm gonna die...
I hope it doesn't take long."
When I told this story at work a religious coworker said "how could I not believe in god after he saved my life". I said "if he saved my life then why did he put me in that situation in the first place?" He said "to teach me a lesson" what lesson would that be, don't install washing machines?
I may be an agnostic atheist, but I still believe in the soul (but not heaven or hell). Even if that doesn't exist, there is really no reason to be afraid of nonexistence. I wouldn't feel pain or loss because I wouldn't be there at all. It's better than having depression and anxiety. If my beliefs about the soul turn out to be correct, then there is still no reason for me to fear death. I won't like the experience of the death itself, but going on afterwards would probably be okay.
I have no fear of my own death but I hate the salt of those close to me dying before me. Life seems short and looking at physics I see that at the end of life I will just join a pool of particles which make up our universe. From Stardust to Stardust cycle completed.
If you have undergone a major surgery where you are out for a few hours and being cut open, then you know the feeling of death, Nothing is there, no pain, no conscious , no mind,
Even your deepest sleep would awake to being cut open. But without a conscious present your body can be torn up and you are not home to notice it.
Twice in my life recently I have sat on the side of the bed and have not been able to breath out.Some time passed as I sat there but in reality it was less than a minute. My only thought was "This is it, it's time to go." It was such a calm feeling. No fear. Just peace. Perhaps because I relaxed I breathed again. I think I know what death is like. Remember how it was before you was born? Perhaps it's like that.
I don't fear death. I have no idea if there is anything beyond; I'm agnostic so I just don't know.
If we just disappear, then so be it. To me, that's okay. If there is something else, then I want to find out. It would answer a lot of questions.
Well I was when I was young and was taught christianity. After becoming an atheist I no long fear death..
Religion work on emotions and brainwashing.
They make you feel worthless and sinful and offer Jesus as the cure.
Problem I have you wasnt sick in the first place.