Are you afraid to die? What are your thoughts about death?

© MBM

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There is an apprehension. I don't look forward to it, though as I've said on this board, I really thought I would be dead by 50.

I have a friend who always says he wants to die
quietly in his sleep like his father, and not kicking and screaming like the other three guys who were in the car with him.

PEACE

Jim Chester
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I'm not afraid to die. Not even a little. The most afraid to die are usually the ones who live such a twisted life that they just KNOW they're going to hell. Either that or they have that "fear of the unknown".

Not saying that I think I'm going to heaven...only God knows about all of us. But either way it goes I'm not afraid of actual death. You can't enjoy life (and death is contained in life) if you stress on that. It's not always a negative thing. Death often brings renewal...as it did with my baby.
I am not afraid to die at all. I do think about the grief that my family will feel when I am no longer physically present with them. I think of death as transitional as I believe spirits to be eternal. My beloved Father is no longer on this earth, but I feel his presence with me and feel his love for me in my heart. heart
Generally, I'm not afraid. But sometimes, for a few brief moments, I'm absolutely terrified of dying, of everything being over before I've done all I want to do, that I'll leave my children behind and not know what became of them, etc. Doesn't last long, but it's very poignant.

"Death is a friend of ours. And he that is not ready to great him, is not at home." -Francis Bacon (I think Confused)
I'm rather apathetic about death. It's gonna come, so I just hope that when it does, it isn't particularly gruesome or painful. Most people don't get the chance to make that choice, though.
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Originally posted by UppityNegress:
I'm rather apathetic about death. It's gonna come, so I just hope that when it does, it isn't particularly gruesome or painful. Most people don't get the chance to make that choice, though.


That's pretty much my attitude about death.

It will come, but life is more important to worry about.

IMHO, what is "death" but the beginning of a new life? And what is "birth" but death of an old life?
No, I'm not afraid to die, but when I do I hope it will be quick and painless. Besides, only the body dies, the human being is eternal, infinite, so, no one never REALLY dies.

Each person born is born for a reason, or have a task to complete during their lifetime, no one is born to live in the physical forever, but things like suicide and murder upsets the natural balance/cycle/circle of life and the reason each person is born.
Afraid? No. I figured on a life expectancy of 25 years (I'm 41 now!). Looking forward to it? No. You guys can talk all that spirituality stuff, but not one of you can prove it"”there's no point in debating. I've seen people die, the mighty and the humble...some went gracefully, others went kicking, screaming and begging. I like my existence, and there is still much I have to do.
I feel I have so much to do before that happens.

Because I'm an atheist, sometimes it's a little scarey not having a 'safety net'.

Then I wonder WHY am I here? C'mon, let's not waste time, tell me my 'mission'... LOL.

Well, I believe if my good motivations don't outweigh the bad, then maybe I deserve whatever I get. [insert shrug icon].

At the risk of sounding arrogant or corny, I really would like to make a positive difference somehow, somewhere, to someone. I've met people who strike me with awe with their inner beauty, their patience, their 'understanding and connectedness', their goodness. They make me feel humble, but I would still like to make a difference.

I think we are all 'here' for a reason.

I think I'll go 'kicking and screaming'... Wink
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Originally posted by art_gurl:
I feel I have so much to do before that happens.

Because I'm an atheist, sometimes it's a little scarey not having a 'safety net'.

Then I wonder WHY am I here? C'mon, let's not waste time, tell me my 'mission'... LOL.

Well, I believe if my good motivations don't outweigh the bad, then maybe I deserve whatever I get. [insert shrug icon].

At the risk of sounding arrogant or corny, I really would like to make a positive difference somehow, somewhere, to someone. I've met people who strike me with awe with their inner beauty, their patience, their 'understanding and connectedness', their goodness. They make me feel humble, but I would still like to make a difference.

I think we are all 'here' for a reason.

I think I'll go 'kicking and screaming'... Wink
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Very reasonable expression! Smile

Actually about the "saftey net" thing, one of my cousins is also an atheist, but he believes in reincarnation or subconsciousness (he believes that people either either reincarnate or that after death, people remain in a dream-like subconscious state).

It's kind of unusual for an atheist to believe in afterlife, but oh well. *shrugs*
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Originally posted by art_gurl:
I feel I have so much to do before that happens.

Because I'm an atheist, sometimes it's a little scarey not having a 'safety net'.

Then I wonder WHY am I here? C'mon, let's not waste time, tell me my 'mission'... LOL.

Well, I believe if my good motivations don't outweigh the bad, then maybe I deserve whatever I get. [insert shrug icon].

At the risk of sounding arrogant or corny, I really would like to make a positive difference somehow, somewhere, to someone. I've met people who strike me with awe with their inner beauty, their patience, their 'understanding and connectedness', their goodness. They make me feel humble, but I would still like to make a difference.

I think we are all 'here' for a reason.

I think I'll go 'kicking and screaming'... Wink
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I am a weak atheist and an agnostic (no, they're no mutually exclusive), but I practice taoist philosophy. I don't believe there is an onjective meaning to life, but that doesn't mean life itself is meaningless. Rather, it opens the possibility of the individual creating their own purpose, if they so chose. With the knowledge that all we have is the here and now (although religious taoists may believe in reincarnation), the toaist focuses on experiencing the beauty and goodness of the world, of the comfort of out loved ones while we still have them. According to taoist, we are all born of the tao, and when our physical bodies expire, our essence return to the tao. Can't say I believe that part literally--I'm not a very spiritual person.
No afraid just concerned about the method of my death. I just don't want it to be something stupid like choking on a rice cake or accidentally falling on my running chainsaw.

BTW
If I go can someone please pop by my house and get rid of my porn collection before my wife finds it? Smile
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Originally posted by UppityNegress:


I am a weak atheist and an agnostic (no, they're no mutually exclusive), but I practice taoist philosophy. I don't believe there is an onjective meaning to life, but that doesn't mean life itself is meaningless. Rather, it opens the possibility of the individual creating their own purpose, if they so chose. With the knowledge that all we have is the here and now (although religious taoists may believe in reincarnation), the toaist focuses on experiencing the beauty and goodness of the world, of the comfort of out loved ones while we still have them. According to taoist, we are all born of the tao, and when our physical bodies expire, our essence return to the tao. Can't say I believe that part literally--I'm not a very spiritual person.


I'm a Taoist as well. hat

Some wise man whose name I can't recall said "It's the how of living that matters, not the how long."

That being said, my own death doesn't scare me. What scares me is losing one of my loved ones before I'm ready to lose them. I don't think we miss the world when we die, but there is a good chance that the world misses us. As far as my passing, I could care less when I die, so long as I die well. Another wise man whose name I can't remember said "There are only two ways to leave this world, on your feet...or on your knees." I plan to leave on my feet.
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Originally posted by UppityNegress:
I am a weak atheist and an agnostic (no, they're no mutually exclusive), but I practice taoist philosophy. I don't believe there is an onjective meaning to life, but that doesn't mean life itself is meaningless. Rather, it opens the possibility of the individual creating their own purpose, if they so chose. With the knowledge that all we have is the here and now (although religious taoists may believe in reincarnation), the toaist focuses on experiencing the beauty and goodness of the world, of the comfort of out loved ones while we still have them. According to taoist, we are all born of the tao, and when our physical bodies expire, our essence return to the tao. Can't say I believe that part literally--I'm not a very spiritual person.


I'd say you're very spiritual - in the way that matters Smile
I am afraid of dying and leaving behind my children. I don't want them to be without a mother. I want to see them grow old and have children of their own.
i am 36yrs old and when i was 16 i didnt think i would be here... i live in the dc metro area which was the "murder capital" of the country at that time so i thought my card had been punched and i was living on borrowed time and another man's memeories so to speak. and that scared me greatly.

but then a funny thing happened i became a parent and realized instantly that this whole thing is greater than me. i created life. therefore i can never really die. besides if i can see without my eyes, hear without my ears and speak without opening my mouth, i am much more than the body i reside in.

so though i was, i am no longer afraid of death... (though i do lunch out every now and again on the thought of not being here anymore)
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Originally posted by thabrothaman69:
...but then a funny thing happened i became a parent and realized instantly that this whole thing is greater than me. i created life. therefore i can never really die.

your observation is quite simply... beautiful. tfro
In all honesty...I really am so so so very scared to die. It's that fear of the unknown I think. Even now and all I'm doind is talking about it, my hands are sweaty and I have to take deep breaths. Death scares the hell out of me.
Death doesn't really scare me, but growing old does. i am deathly afraid of being old and getting dementia or altizheimers(sp?),living in a nursing home with no one but nurse's aides as family. that is a sad existence i hope i don't have to face ever, but i often think about (even at 23, i think of what my elderly life is going to be like on a regular basis).
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Originally posted by MBM:
Are you afraid to die? What are your thoughts about death?
Right now? Yes..... I would be leaving a life unfulfilled.....

Eventually..... I probably will not be afraid...


Minister Farrakhan said once....

"I'll die when I ain't got nothing better to do..."

I like the thought of having my own life in my hands......

and if I am struck down before I am ready...

so be it.....

But, God willing.... if I am allowed more time here to exercise my will and creativity..... I will live life to the fullest.....


*Just as soon as I get up enough nerve* lol

Peace,
Virtue
I personally am not afraid to die.I have lost so many family members either to a bullet or to drugs that I don't really care if i die.I have been through so much throughout my life that I almost welcome it. I just want to make a difference before I die.It doesn't really matter how I die as long as it's quick. I'm a christian so I believe in heaven and an afterlife, where I hope to see my family again.
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Originally posted by ebonygoddess:
I personally am not afraid to die.I have lost so many family members either to a bullet or to drugs that I don't really care if i die.I have been through so much throughout my life that I almost welcome it. I just want to make a difference before I die.It doesn't really matter how I die as long as it's quick. I'm a christian so I believe in heaven and an afterlife, where I hope to see my family again.


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Originally posted by ebonygoddess:
I personally am not afraid to die.I have lost so many family members either to a bullet or to drugs that I don't really care if i die.I have been through so much throughout my life that I almost welcome it. I just want to make a difference before I die.It doesn't really matter how I die as long as it's quick. I'm a christian so I believe in heaven and an afterlife, where I hope to see my family again.
Welcome ebonygoddess.....


My heart goes out to you......


Peace,
Virtue

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