To Live or Die, which to be more scared of
The question that prompted
my pen's movement assumed that people are more afraid of living then dying. I started to question not the premise but the definitions for the terms, "Life" or "Death," which would greatly effect how I would even answer the question. I found that the question could be disputed on religious grounds or completely acquiesced with on a secular level. On one hand, you will find more people enjoying the sorted type of pleasures found in places like Las Vegas then you will find in church on any given Sunday. On the other hand, there are more middle and lower class job slaves then there are entrepreneurs anywhere in the world.
Before considering which fear is more material or more often felt it is perhaps worth discussing definitions of the two fears as one considers them. The first definition is what is it to live. Since trying to define this in a general sense is suicide as we all have a perception of what real living consists of, perhaps it might be agreed that we live most by testing the limits of our physical possibilities. This however is only a secular assumption. In a spiritual sense, life is usually defined as one's ability to effect the largest number of lives for good possible.
Defining death is another thing entirely. To those of a secular mind Death has to do with that moment when your physical body stops performing its stated function and to all outward observances the lights go out permanently and nobodies home. To those of a spiritual mind set death starts when one is disobedient to the point that your spiritual compass stops working and ones ability to find peace with him or herself ends.
Which point of view is more valid or definition more poignant? It is sad to say that most will never find out until both fears have run their course and then it will be too late to thumb one's nose at the opposition.