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How do you feel about death?

How do you feel when thinking about death, your own and other's?

Edit: Extra (totally optional) question: what are your preferences for your funeral?

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    Jan 4 2014: If you're not ready to die, you're not ready to live. It's like trying to enjoy yourself in the dentist's waiting room.

    :-)
    • Jan 5 2014: Hypothetically speaking, what would your attitude be if there was nothing after the dentist?

      I certainly know I'd behave very different if I accepted your base assumption that there was an afterlife.
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        Jan 6 2014: how would you behave?
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          Jan 6 2014: I'd just focus on this life since this is the only life I could be certain about and if there is indeed something after the "dentist" then I'll know when I get there..If not, I'd probably not worry about it since I would no longer know what it Is like to be me...in the end I just have to go with the flow of things.
        • Jan 7 2014: If you're wondering whether it would have made me a "better person", then the answer is probably no.
          Looking at most organized religion in the country where I live, if anything, religion and belief in an afterlife serving as motivation for it would have made me more conformist to racist policies, behaviors and establishments, while also a fair bit more jingoistic.

          The role of organized religion where I come from isn't just making donations to the poor and serving as a community center. Some of the religious organizations do those things, some even do them well, but many others are busy with things like cultural and ethnic repression, and doing everything in their power to avoid assimilating into the secular world and embracing science, modernity and economic progress (poor people are more likely to find religion enticing, as is statistically well documented, therefore to keep people "of the truth faith" they must stay poor).

          As an atheist, I avoided much of the indoctrination inclining me to buy into many of the above ideas, which frankly disgust me. If the price I pay for it is worrying over what happens to me when I die, so be it.
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        Jan 6 2014: Hypothetically I would more than likely be even more self absorbed than at present. I can remember thinking; in my formative years; that suicide would be a good option if the going got too tough. Thankfully I needn't worry over that any more.

        :-)
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          Jan 6 2014: Hi Peter,

          One question: how could you establish value for this life if you know you are going elsewhere? In this case, wouldn't life be just an emergency? Something you have to go through until something better comes along?

          I would figure you would not value you this life if you knew you had another that was possibly better but of course I've been wrong before. I just can't see the connection of how this life would be more valuable than the next (that is assuming there is an afterlife)
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        Jan 7 2014: Hi Orlando.
        The value of this life lies in the effect it has on the next life. Jesus majored on love, both for God, & my fellow humans. If we can love as we ought in this life, then we build up treasures in the next life.
        I see it as a win-win scenario; I get a kick out of loving folks & it brings the hope of a better afterlife, what can be wrong with that ?

        :-)

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