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Understanding Death and the Philosophies Behind It

Updated on July 6, 2012

Death as defined through its scientific state is considered as the ceasing of the function of the human body and all the other systems that complete. It is an inevitable and unavoidable event that happens to all living things when they reach a certain age or when they meet certain events that bring them and their life into conclusion. Understandably, science explains death as something that ends life and nothing more than that. This is practically the reason why so many people fear the thought of dying. Simply having to end everything, may it be in a timely or non-timely manner could affect one’s views of the essentialities of life.

“Life is short” they say “so live it to the fullest”. This thought about doing everything that one wants before death comes in has become one of the most essential factors that defines death as it is. It could be seen how the definition of death makes a good sense of preparing a person towards realizing the shortness of his life and thus be able to attend to the most important things that matters to him while he is still alive. Apparently, the thought of death and dying is expected to push a person towards pursuing the best things life could offer as he lives his everyday being. Loosing life to worthless matters is one particular failure that each individual should be able to avoid as he tries to live a full life.

Interestingly though, religious traditions and beliefs intend to present life in a different picture. Apparently, the consideration that religions insist on the existence of life after death is an inevitable truth that has already been the foundation of the many beliefs that people cling to when the issue of death arises in discussions. Some religious analysts impose on the possible fact that religious groups simply provided these thoughts for the people to actually cope up with the fear and hopelessness that death itself inflicts among human individuals today.


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      ARSHAD MAJID 5 years ago

      When I gained consciousness, the first question that came to my mind was; where did I come from? My mother told me that I came from her womb. But I felt that I was too perfect to be created by my naive mother. So, if we are not sure from where we came from-- we can't be sure where we will go next and especially that-- we go nowhere and vanish in the dirt.