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The concept of death …



Death and its concept are absolutely empty. No picture comes to mind. The concept of death has a use for the living, while death itself has no use for anything. All we can say about death is that it is either real or it is not real. If it is real, then the end of one’s life is a simple termination. If it is not real, then the end of one’s embodied life is not true death, but a portal to another life.

Having no content, we must speak of death metaphorically. For those who think death is real, death is a blank wall. For those who think it is not real, death is a door to another life. Whether we think of death as a wall or a door, we cannot avoid using one metaphor or another. We often say that a person who dies is relieved of suffering. However, if death is real, then it is metaphorical even to say that the dead do not suffer, as though something of them remains not to suffer. As there are already many speculations about some sort of ‘next life,’ I will focus on the view that death is real and marks the final end of an individual’s life.

Let us explore the metaphor that death is a wall a bit further. Each of us is born facing this wall. From that moment on, every step we take is towards it, no matter which way we turn. There is simply no other direction to take. Like a fun house mirror, the wall of death show us our living fears and distorted images of ourselves. All we see when we look at death is a reflection of our own lives.

Death has no subjective meaning at all. It will come to other people, but never to me. Of course, I know that I am going to die. Death means the end of my future. However, as long as I am alive, I will be living toward that future possibility of no longer having possibilities.

The unavoidable conclusion is that, if death is real, neither I nor you will ever personally taste death. I will cease to be conscious before the end. No matter how close I come to it, death recedes before me. I am actually dead only for others. When the end actually arrives, my dead body passes into the hands of the coroner. I will no longer be there. Death is always described from the perspective of the living. As Ludwig Wittgenstein famously put it, “Death is not an experience in life.”

Source:Philosophers mag.com

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One comment on “The concept of death …

  1. Sharon
    October 12, 2016

    A very nice and insightful article. Sharing the view that we never really experience death is soothing to many of us especially to me 😊.

    Aside from my fears of death, I always had this perspective that once someone or something dies, every molecule that comprises its being is simply assimilated by other living beings as per the basic laws of energy transfer. Therefore one ceases to exist in their form but continues to exist in different forms, although not ‘feeling’ themselves🤗.
    The question them becomes, where does the soul/conscience go to upon death 💀 ? I have thought about it and come to a conclusion that humans have evolved yearning to find more meaning to existence perhaps as a pivotal element to live in a harmonious society, without killing each other. Who knows! Consciousness is an abstract product of a working brain. Once the brain dies, so does consciousness. To reiterate my point, once the brain stops still also the consciousness stops ✋🏾 at once. Hakuna story mob hapa😎

    Looking forward to more articles!

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