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To Live or Die, which to be more scared of

Updated on July 12, 2010

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.


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      3 years ago

      Deadly accurate answer. You've hit the buellsye!

    • Jaggedfrost profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      You are right, it doesn't help. Yet somehow, some people manage. As for me, I enjoy scaring people who feel that way.

    • Shahid Bukhari profile image

      Shahid Bukhari 

      7 years ago from My Awareness in Being.

      It does not help, being Scared of the Truth ...

      There are only two Certainties, in Being ... The Certainty of Birth and the Certainty of Death ... All the rest is Variable, depending on your Choices.

      The Period, between these two Points; Certainties, is Life ... And The Lord hath Granted you the Correct Way, of Life.

    • Jaggedfrost profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Perhaps, though I honor your struggle and as one who has been there in my pasts even empathize with the possible embarrassment that point of view threatens to degrade ones self esteem; I cant help but think that even then if one sees themselves clearly as "luminous beings" in a shell of clay perhaps one could see that wherever you are and whatever your body is feeling there is some point to life that can be yielded through experience if one can but look outside of oneself to the aid and comfort of others. In the book The Count of Monte Cristo it was acknowledged that a quadriplegic was able to help his granddaughter sufficient to save her life on a couple of occasions and block her possibly unhappy marriage to one she didn't love.

    • ebenlarseliasjr profile image


      8 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I think you are on the right track when considering what the majority of people; lets say westerners. The majority of the western world would describe life in two ways, the simple act of being alive, heart beating, breathing, animated. The other is material, what you do with your time. Do you work, are you a scholar, or are you a despite, a substance abuser, someone who is alive but not living. But I think you are wrong people are in general terms more affraid of death than living or life.

      Sure one day you wake up depressed, or with a disease and life becomes harder and harder yet I would push thru until there was no point. If I can not even go to the bathroom alone I need not be alive, there is not logical point to it. I take up resources such as doctors, nurses etc to just survive - no one wants to just continue day after day nothing changing. I think if anything people fear the possible outcomes of living and the inability to avoide making choices that could lead too thing we want to avoid of which we are afraid.

      Our world our culture hell, that beneath our feat has been made out to be scary as hell. Religious families or not most children who are literate and not from minority project families and have a basic set of morals knows how you get to hell, why you get sent there, who is there, and the torment that awaits. We are means to be afraid of hell as a means of control. The fact that we are not sure if we are going to heaven or hell causes fear. 50/50 is 50% bad! Did you choose the correct faith, did you live a good life, all your good deeds are motivated by the fear of going to hell, for which you must die, so I would conclude most of us are afraid of death or the concept it embodies, loss and pain.

    • Jaggedfrost profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      It sounds like you are living then.

    • fyxer profile image


      8 years ago from mt vernon

      live every day the best way you can, i love life i don't worry about death

    • Jaggedfrost profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      I am glad to hear that. I didn't say so above but I have found that those who feel that they live in the religious sense are those who seldom fear death.

    • Dave Mathews profile image

      Dave Mathews 

      8 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Jaggedfrost: I believe that I was originally created in spirit form, then sent to earth, thus becoming human form with a soul, to serve God for a period of time. I will return to God as spirit once I have completed my assigned duties here on earth.


    • Jaggedfrost profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Thanks, that is one way of looking at things.

    • Captain Jimmy profile image

      Captain Jimmy 

      8 years ago from WV


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