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 ?
No I don't fear death, if anything I consider a time of eternal rest in which we no longer have to be exposed to any possibilities, positive or negative. I'd rather not die without giving something to the world but if it's to believed that death is certain or unavoidable, then fearing it is kind of pointless. I'd rather focus on what I know and make the best of it.
I don't fear not existing; I didn't exist for millions of years before I was born and that was easy. I don't look forward to the pain that comes with the process of dying, but I'm not sure that fear is the right word.
More than anything, I have sadness that I won't get to experience certain things. My kids and grandkids will have experiences but I won't be there to share them. But that's the price of being alive, and we all suffer that fate eventually. Dwelling on it would only lead down a dark path and prevent me from enjoying the time and experiences I will be here for.
I have this irrational belief in reincarnation. I am trying to shake that belief. No scientific evidence for it and I respect science. But I have talked to many people who state they remember past lives. They come from all walks of life, all ethnic groups and do not have a history of delusions or mental health issues ... and so, I persist in thinking that the energy produced by my brain and body does not go away but takes on other forms ... and one form is reincarnation. I hope I can shake this weird belief. When I am gone, I hope I am really gone.
I will echo the sentiments of the previous commenters and say that possible pain associated with dying or a prolonged a debilitating illness before it happens scare me more than the idea of not existing. I also don't like the idea of not being around my loved ones. Death is akin to leaving the party that is still very much alive so it makes me sad that at some point I will need to leave and let my family go on without me. But besides that I don't find anything scary about not existing.
No. Just that I'm not in pain when I die. My late friend Chris died 3 times. The last time was final. His pace maker kicked in the first 2 times. He said he didn't remember anything except it felt like he got kicked in the chest by a mule. No perly gates. No pits of hell. I am scared of dying at a young age, and leaving my friends and family behind to suffer the loss.
I don't fear being dead - after all, it will be an absence of existence, the events of life having become as transient and lost as the vivid dream that we've forgotten having by the time we wake. I do fear the process of dying. During a long twilight of the mind, a months-long depressive interlude I couldn't shake, the contemplation of what the psychiatric community rather blithely refer to as "suicidal ideation" (together with that other sunnily evasie term, "anhedonia", which has always sounded to me like the name of a rather pleasant suburb of Narnia) was a constant. The thought of jumping from a fatal height or, as the darkness progressed, a bullet in the head were, funnily enough, too final. Go figure. In the end, inertia won out and I lived on.