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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 6 2012: How do you know you have not already died(just playing devils advocate)?

    What if death just sits in entire opposition to life on earth? What I mean is what if everything was reversed, instead of fearing death one fears being born and spends a large amount of time allowing this to shape ones beliefs and actions. Freud theorized a life and death drive that was constantly at war within all of us, he tried to prove it biologically (he was a neurologist) but came up short. He believed that on the cellular level life simultaneously wishes to replicate itself and also wishes to return to its original state. When the brain dies it seems as though consciousness does and my experience tells me this is so, yet I also know that much of the functioning of the brain is a mystery.

    In "civilization and its discontents" Freud made an analogy he was talking about prior mental states and how it seems to be true that humans can revert to earlier stages in life (regression). He started talking about ancient Rome and its architecture how it has been built over prior greek architecture and other previous settlements. The point he was making is that the brain seems to be able to build over past states yet somehow these states remain intact and accessible. The brain seems to function differently than the material world yet is a part of the material world. Either that or the answers to questions about consciousness may not be accessible to our biological restraints.


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