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Why Do Ordinary People Wish for Death?

Updated on December 17, 2014
Dr. Death, and The Religion of Genocide
Dr. Death, and The Religion of Genocide | Source

Why People, Why?

  • Why are humans so gullible when it comes to death?
  • Why do people waste their time wishing for death?
  • Why do people make declarations on a future doomsday event date?

The frighting reality is that;

Death wishes are not something new to us. In fact, as long as there has been human life, there have been people who are a bit more fascinated with death, than the average person. The original intentions of this article were to discuss why people try to predict Armageddon, and why people long for the end times when they decide to follow these false prophets of doom, such as Harold Camping.

While doing a little online research for this hub, I came across some very interesting websites. Websites that are completely dedicated to 'Deathwatchers', 'Death Wishes', 'Death Seekers' and the 'Passive Suicidal'. Expecting to find websites on Armageddon, I was taken back by all the websites associated with death wishes.

For instance there was the;

  • Some times Wish For Death to Come On this site a person can write down their life story, and explain to viewers why they wish for death. It literally is a website for individuals possessing certain literary talents. Website participants referred to themselves as, death seekers. Many people on the website shared their desires to die, and how they want to die a certain way, with other death seekers through the website's member forum. The forum was nothing more than a connection catalyst. A place where other suicidal or depressed persons, can discuss dying, death, suicide, murder, etc. The forum membership listed such profile names as "Broken Strings" and "Anesthesia." Death seekers openly exchanged dialogue on how to plan funerals or compare self mutilation tips.

Then there was a website called,

"Find your fate is proud to associate with all elderly and needful people across the world, who could not tell their death wish at appropriate place and time, to the right people.

We try to give you a platform where you can enter your death wish so that, it can be seen by your loved ones after your death, and only by the person(s) chosen by you."

Need I say anymore...?

But, I have to admit that the article I read about Dr. Death (the old guy with beard) took me by surprise. Here we have an average man working in Texas. What makes this seemly ordinary guy unique, is how he actively participates in plot solutions that would be powerful enough to eliminate, the entire human race from planet Earth.

  1. Dr. Death is an environmental activist.
  2. He also keeps a stuffed model of the deadly Ebola virus molecule, on his work desk.

As a person, living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and chronic depression, I can write with sincere affirmation that I have a deep and personal understanding of, the many different realms of depression. I can even write that I understand the need to die e.g. cancer patients in their last stages of life. Whether we wish for death on an individual basis or as a group, death is cold and permanent. It is not a solution to life's problems, and wishing for the "end of days" to come, is certainly a poor use of time. Could people like Harold Camping be making predictions of the end of days, just to get a rush off the drama they cause? To put this into perspective, in May of 1790 a group of New Englander's predicted it was doomsday, when the sky turned dark after a forest fire.

Have you ever wished for death?

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    Gregoryy 6 years ago

    People may wish for death simply because life can be stressfull,hard, and heaven is supposed to be beautiful,peacefullplace free or wories. I mean on earth you have to work to make money, deal with paying for stuff. You have the news filled with murders and other bad news. For someone who is dating they may have had bad relationships or breakups. You have to take care of your health, eat the right foods, exercise etc. Teenagers may feel lots of preasure since they have to study for standarized tests, and do tons of homework. They want to do well so they can go to a good college, they want to go to a good college to get a good job. They want a good job to make lots of money. Even when you get that money making job you are still stresssed coming in every day at a certain time, dealing with pple you may not like. Having someone order you around. After middle school the stress just piles on for most people.

    Some people may feel that if the world comes to an end. Things would be better carefree and with no worries. Heaven is peacefull where god povides you with everything, you do not need to stress about things, and force yourself to do things just to survive. In heaven there is no fear of being homeless,not being able to stay healthy, provide for your fammily. In heaven there is no stress, and life is not as complicated.

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    Julie Grimes 6 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

    That is the best joke ever! I love it. Too funny. Hope you enjoy your weekend with your 9 year old. My son was 9 when his father took his own life. It has been 7 years this Sept. Time does go on. And I agree made our children do the burying.

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    John Harper 6 years ago from Malaga, Spain

    Hi IntimatEvolution, guess Carl and myself are rejuvenating this hub also!

    My take is that we should care not about death, after my 60 years here I often look at the world and think, 'beam me up Scotty' but never with passion.

    My 9 year old daughter keeps me alive despite anything else, though I can understand folk spiritually dying if they lose a close family member out of time.

    "May your children always bury their parents" comes to mind.

    Matt Redmond has a great song 'Fearfully and Wonderfully Made' which should awaken any flagging spirit, when down, play daily, take several times per day if needed. (PLUG: The video is on Beautiful Mathematics, my last hub!)

    Suicide has never been an option for me, my warped mind runs more to disposing of the folk who made me suicidal, rather than letting them have the pleasure of watching me die!

    Good topic, let's hope the comments keep coming, I will post it up and awesome etc and hope that more depressives read it!

    This has always been one of my favourite (sick) jokes:

    Hello, welcome to the mental health hotline.

    If you have obsessive compulsive disorder, press 1 repeatedly.

    If you are co-dependent, please ask someone to press 2 for you.

    If you have multiple personality syndrome, press 3, 4, 5, and 6.

    If you suffer from paranoid schizophrenia, we know who you are and what you want. Stay on the line so we can trace your call.

    If you are delusional, press 7 and your call will be transferred to the mothership.

    If you are hearing voices, listen carefully and a small voice will tell you which number to press.

    If you are manic depressive, it doesn't matter which button you press. No one will answer anyway.

    If you are dyslexic, press 96969696969696.

    If you have a nervous disorder, please fidget with the pound button until a representative comes on the line.

    If you have amnesia, press 8 and state your name, address, phone number, date of birth, social security number, and your mother's and grandmother's maiden names.

    If you have post traumatic stress disorder, slowly and carefully press 911.

    If you have bi-polar disorder, please leave a message after the beep. Or before the beep. Or after the beep. Please wait for the beep.

    If you have short term memory loss, please try you call again in a few minutes.

    If you have low self esteem, please hang up. All our representatives are busy.


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    Julie Grimes 6 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

    I wish more people thought like this. Especially when you brought up the more problems part. Only if people realized how worse it can actually get. Thanks so much taking the time to write this very meaningful comment.

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    Rod Martin Jr 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

    IntimatEvolution, this is creepy, powerful, awesome and ironically funny.

    Suicide is never a solution. In fact, I figure it is perhaps the most selfish thing anyone can ever do. Some refer to the person as a suicide victim, but they forget that the person is also a perpetrator!

    My English lit teacher in high school irritated me by his apparent adoration for what he considered as the cute lifestyle choice of suicide. There is something decidedly sinister about such cuteness. I get the same feeling about the soulful "Santa" in your picture of Dr. Death.

    People try to find quick solutions to their problems. Quite frequently, though, they end up creating more problems. We usually think of someone who whines and thrashes about as a victim and not worthy of our admiration. We also think of someone who suffers silently and acts to cheer up those around them as heroic.

    There is something very noble and regal about such anonymous suffering. I would like to suggest that we admire the humble confidence (the lack of ego), because such an attitude is the way to our own salvation. The founder of Christianity may have given us the way out, but it takes humble confidence to tread that path.

    These lives were given to us for a reason, so that we may one day awaken spiritually. That cannot happen if one cuts it short with suicide or genocide.

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    northweststarr 6 years ago from Washington State

    To live IS to die. If death wasn't coming for us, we wouldn't really be alive would we? This probably explains the teenage preoccupation with death. They really are celebrating life and freedom when they write emo poetry and pierce another body part, I know this was my reason, back in the day. Nice Hub!

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    Julie Grimes 7 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

    This May 21st crap is exactly what I was trying to touch on, when I wrote this very hub.

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    Rob 7 years ago from Oviedo, FL

    I can understand being in a state of mind where living another day is a much scarier idea than dying. The world can be frightening, especially when you're facing it alone. The fact that those people go to websites to talk about their death-wish shows that no one cares enough to help them deal with it in the real world. If someone in their lives paid attention to their pain, they might not hate life so much.

    What's sad to me is that when someone does take his/her own life, the people left behind always say "I had no idea he was so depressed or I would have done something to help him. He never said anything to me!" This makes me mad because people who are very sad broadcast it in 1,000 ways and anyone paying attention would have seen it coming. But most people don't pay attention or can't be bothered with another person's misery, so they turn away, and then they make themselves feel better by saying "I couldn't have known!" If people paid more attention to the suffereing of others, maybe those people who killed themselves would be alive. Sometimes all they need is someone to listen. That can be the difference between life and death.

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    It's me 7 years ago

    Hey Bob, I'm at work..., but its me Julie. I totally agree with your sentiment here. Completely! God does want us to live, and to concentrate on living life instead of death and dying. He took care of that in giving us Jesus Christ. Why we are still so obsessed with it, is well, beyond me. Xo's

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    Robert E Smith 7 years ago from Rochester, New York

    So many have decided that the religious thing to do is to kill themselves. Like Jim Jones group and so many others, David Koresh. It is not of God I believe. God made us all to love life. Many times we love our lives more than we love God. God doesn't want us to die before our time. He wants us to live for Him.

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    Julie Grimes 7 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

    Hey thank you both for expressing your ideas and feelings here. Bob- I never really thought of the Paul angle. Darski- it is ashame that so many young people are preoccupied with death.

    Thanks for the thoughts. Hugs, Julie

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    Darlene Sabella 7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

    This hub is amazing, I have been think about this today, not wishing for death, but wondering why it is illegal? I thahk that everyone should have a choice, I am all for termenal people close to death. But, this young people I just don't get it. Excellent hub my friend rate up love & peace darski

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    Robert E Smith 7 years ago from Rochester, New York

    I guess the most famous death "looker-forward-to-er" was the Apostle Paul who said he was stuck wishing to be with the Lord but it was better for the Chistians if he were to stay alive but he earnestly wanted to die. "For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I can not tell. For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart [die] and to be with Christ, which is far better. Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you. And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith."(Philippians 1:22-25) I guess having been beaten so many times and shipwrecked and stoned once and lived - I think I would probably want to go home and not hurt anymore myself. I have to confess, I have thought about what heaven will be like and how it compares to life here and I have to say, I wouldn't mind going (even though there is that little problem of dying is in the way).


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