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What is it like to die?

What is it like to die? - going to an eternal sleep or spending a temporarily dreamless night?

"Now, if the death is only a dreamless sleep, it must be a marvellous gain. I suppose that if anyone were told to pick out a night on which he slept so soundly as not even to dream, and then to compare with all the other nights and days of his life, and then were told to say, after due consideration, how many better and happier days ad nights than this he had spent in the course of his life - well, I think that ... (anyone) would find these days and nights easy to counts in comparison with the rest. But death is like this, the, I call it gain, because the whole of time, if you look at it in this way, can be regarded as no more than one single night." - Plato, The last day of Socrates.

This remind me Hamlet's monologue
"..................................To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause..."

being alive means not having first hand experience with death and its process.
but makes us to think if the world ended now would we be happy how you lived our life, would we done justice or would we just let it pass us by.
and finally would we be ready to face the death.

Steve Jobs said: "death is the only destination we all share"

share your ideas (before you die) :-) Thank you


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    Nov 5 2012: You asked what it's like to die, as opposed to what it's like to be dead. So I assume you are asking what it's like to transition from being alive to dead. If not, then the rest of what I'm about to say may be a bit off.

    There's quite a bit of information available on this topic. I'd start by reviewing the experiences of those that report near death experiences. Those are the people that have gone closest to physical death, and then come back to tell the story. There is quite a bit of controversy about the interpretation of these stories. There are some documentaries on this topic too, for example "National Geographic: Moment of Death" which is available on Netflix.

    Another source of information is available from those that have experienced intense drug states, most notably DMT and its stronger variant 5MEO. Some say there is a relationship between near death experiences and endogenous DMT.

    I would also look at Tibetan Buddhist literature, as they have studied this topic for 1000's of years - specifically, the Tibetan Book of the Dead.

    And finally, to turn to your actual question and try to answer it. I am unqualified to answer this question! However, I would say that what it's like to die depends entirely on how you die. It's probably a very psychedelic experience. Oh Wow!

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