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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: Edwin - all memories precious, sad or joyous. English expression 'all part of life's rich tapestry'. In the case of Steve Jobs he had possibly, at the time of his statement, knowledge that he had a life-limiting illness. Do like ancient greek texts and fables. Like to read about Herodotus, simply reporting back what he heard, a kind of early social historian and sometimes called 'the father of liars'. People often only seem to have a capacity to hear what their own lived experience has exposed them to. Personal observational experiment at the moment, self and environment. Go and chat to someone, notice number of times conversation fluent and also observe body language, go away and think about it, think about own lived experience, note to self and revise. Hours of fun for me plus social interaction. Essence, self awareness. Results in progress. Do like the idea of emoticons. Still need a shared vocabulary at times. And as you pointed out, who knows anyway !

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