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Edwin Nazarian

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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: With regards to going to an eternal sleep or spending a temporarily dreamless night, I think it depends if you believe in the after-life or not. If you believe in it, then death is like spending a temporarily dreamless night. You died here and you wake up on the “other side of the world”. If you don’t believe in it, then you go into a continuous sleep forever. But, anyway we will never really know until we get there.

    Where we actually go after death is still not known, and so we are scared. I once experienced a near death experience and all I can feel is fear. All kinds of thoughts come to mind. We can’t really be prepared for death, it just comes to us any second. Anyhow, why do we think of death when we don’t even know how to live?
    “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” All I can say is if you are happy living your life with intense passion so as to believe that in the end you have given justice to your life then do so. But if you are also happy just going with the flow and letting your life pass by, then I think you have all the right to do so. I think we should live life based on how we want to and not on how “rules of life” said we should live because nobody can really judge whether you lived rightly or not. People have lead many different lives. It’s not as if in the end, Person 1 lived correctly, person 2 live wrongly, etc. I believe there is really no such thing as a right or wrong way to live. There is if you believe in religion, or on being a good citizen. By then, one can judge that you live rightly if you lived like Jesus or as the Bible says and so on. I hope know you know what I mean. But, removing all those, who can really say right? I’ve gone too far… Interesting subject you opened here…2/2

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