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Philosophy of Death and Dying

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Twisted-R Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Tell me, what are your thoughts on this? I've been looking around to see what is said out there, and it's very interesting (along with the psychology of death and dying. :D) But I would like to see your interpretations of this subject.
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EchoInTheVoid Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student Writer
I see the highlights of one's life flashes before them, and then they grow very warm and serene. And if there is a strong existing guilt in them towards some person they knew/known they begin seeing them right beside them and pleading for acceptance and forgiveness. But I haven't shuffled off of this mortal coil just yet so I would not know (I guess that's why it's in the philosophy forum!)
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TheWerewolfPuppy Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've heard that some scientists say that a few seconds after you die (or right before you die, I don't remember) the brain will send out some signals and make the dying person feel really happy and peacefull. At the same time the center of the brain that keeps track of time is "turned off". So, they mean that these seconds of happiness will feel like an eternity.

But noone really knows for sure. I've heard a lot of different philosophies of what happens after we die. I think the scariest one is one that says that you just end up in a sort of waiting area, all by yourself, where you'll just sit and wait for an eternity for something that will never happen. You just sit and wait...
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seth2012chaos Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well we'll just die and see what happens, but I don't believe in the religious prize-punishment approach to an after-death stage. That's like some divine dog training in my opinion. We will obviously die sometime, what happens later if anything happens, I'll wait and see.
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ML4P Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I sincerely hope ninety percent of humans die including myself but no one gets to decide for another person when that happens
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kaikaku Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
100% of humans die eventually.
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ML4P Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That gives me reason to get up everyday
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kaikaku Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:lol: Dark humor is good.
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ML4P Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Soo good ever watch black books?
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kaikaku Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No, but if you're recommending it I'll try to check it out. :)
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ML4P Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yea it's a British but its on Netflix very funny
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Mihaihen Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
A warrior is always ready to lay down his life for glory and slaughter of his enemies \o/
That is the reason he always living his life to the fullest... cause he knows it might end in an eye blink!
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staple-salad Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Death is a thing and I'm quite curious about it and rather excited for when I'm old and it's my time and I get to find out what it is.

But I'm not anxious enough to find out because I want to know what all life has to offer first. And maybe at some point I'll figure out what the damn point of everything is.
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catching-dreamz Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
i find it fascinating! It's something I research a lot...even though no one really knows the answer, it's fun to get the different in-puts and evidence in each direction!

I personally believe in reincarnation...but the type kinda varies based on where I'm at emotionally and stuff...but i think the idea of karma makes a lot of sense!
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kaikaku Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
To live in this world

you must be able
to do three things:
to love what is mortal;
to hold it

against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go.

~ Mary Oliver, Excerpt from In Blackwater Woods, American Primitive
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catching-dreamz Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
that's a beautiful quote....and a very hard one for me to live by!
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kaikaku Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup. Me too at times. We do the best we can knowing it doesn't all last forever.
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catching-dreamz Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
truly!
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UncleGargy Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's just lovely! :-)
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kaikaku Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad I could share it. I think Mary Oliver wrote it after her lifelong SO passed away, and reading it helped me through some tough things I've been dealing with recently. Figured others might appreciate her work. :)
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WhiskyOmega Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
I believe, personally, that what we call the 'spirit' is eternal and when it's finished with this existance it moves onto another, and so to me death is just the process of the spirit leaving this life to go onto something else.

My great uncle and aunt passed away early last year and, while it was sad because we were very close, I don't believe they're gone, just that they moved onto another life somewhere else.
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TimeHasAnEnd Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist
Well the philosphy of Evolutionists, claim that physical death is normal event. It is their view that death is part of how the universe works. Evolutionists insist that death is a necessary function, which contributes to the change of living things, as over time, only the fittest survive. In contrast to that, the "Word of God of the Bible" states that physical death is not part of the original design and plan of the universe. That is partly what the Bible means, when it states that the universe was perfect and good (Genesis. 1:31). The Bible teaches that death came into the universe some time after God created it, as part of His curse in response to sin (Romans. 5:12).

"Although the theory of evolution does not speak to the question of life after death, focusing only upon this physical universe, most evolutionists teach that all living things (plants and animals as well "as people") cease to exist after death."

In contrast to that, the Bible teaches that physical death is not just the termination of people's physiological process, but it is an enemy of sinful men (I Corinthians 15:26). Far more than just separating them from any blessings they might have in this life, physical death is the last event most people experience before they face judgment and the second death of eternal wrath in Hell (death) (Hebrews. 9:27). Clearly, we cannot reconcile the claims of evolutionists with the teaching of the Bible.
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Smkiller Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist
I like how you say "evolutionists" like that's even a thing.
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der-freishutz Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
while i was in god's hands before my creation, i felt no pain or pleasure, so not existing felt fine for me. I would not mind dying if god required me to, But i have alot to do in this world, so i do not want him to take me home just yet.
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stoneman123 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Death doesn't sound bad at all. As death is the extinguishment of the consciousness, I will not, nor have the capacity to, notice or care.

Dying, on the other hand, is terrifying. That's a naturally-ingrained reaction, and an essential evolutionary adaptation. If we did not fear dying, we wouldn't be nearly as careful with our lives, thus making us much more likely to lose them prematurely, thus greatly diminishing our chances of reproduction. Besides the involuntary reaction, it terrifies me for other reasons. I enjoy my life, and would be very upset to know it was coming to an end. Further, I am very proud of myself and my accomplishments, so I might compare dying to building a glorious palace, then being locked inside it while someone burns it down.

Oh well. We've all got to do it, eventually. This planet would quickly become an undesirable place to live if the people of one generation didn't clear out for the next. If someone were to discover the secret for immortality, it would be a slow train wreck unless we also outlawed normal reproductive behaviors.
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Knightster Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
OR you could imagine it's like a Hollywood movie scene when a heroic hero walks into said palace and the camera doesn't show it burning down...

Just sayin'
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stoneman123 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was implying that for at least part of the experience of "dying" I should be lucid enough to realize what's going on. You could say that after being locked in that burning palace, you pass out from smoke inhalation before it completely burns down.
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Knightster Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
There's nothing to interpret about it until we're already dead.
At which point it turns to speculation and personal belief.

I base my belief on available evidence which points towards lack of any afterlife whatsoever.
That's why I decided to live my life to the fullest, and trying to enjoy it while it lasts.
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Knightster Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
TL;DR Fuck death, live life instead.
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IncandescentInsanity Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student General Artist
What about it? Death is death. Simple
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CommanderEVE Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Death isn't just death, It can't be. There is certainly something alongside reality that is beyond everyones comprehension and it has something to do with death, along side many things. This is what I feel anyway, a very long explanation cut short.
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Twisted-R Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I feel as though that there is much more to death than just being dead. I feel as though, there is an afterlife that we can't explain. That's the thing. We can't explain dying, it's a faith in whatever you believe in, or not, that decides where you go.
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CommanderEVE Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Exactly.
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Cryophase Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Philosophy major: Why are we born, only to suffer and die?
Ecology major: Because in our evolutionary past, those that did out-reproduced the ones that didn't!
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Twizzle-fizz Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Filmographer
Death eh? That’s a topic I frequently think about. I’ve been to one or two funerals, yet I don’t cry, neither do I feel sad when someone tells me their relative has passed away. Some see this as insensitive, I sometimes wonder if I am being insensitive, but death to me, is a celebration. I’d rather be throwing a party then mourning. Death is returning home! Returning home to a place of immense peace and love! Yay! :dummy: What is this place? Wish I knew, damn I’m sure everyone would like to know! ^^; I am 100% sure of one thing though, there IS life, and a whole hell of a better life, after death! Not saying this life sucks at all, not the case, just in comparison.

It's estimated 774 people have near death experiences every day, and those are only the ones who are willing to admit it. These experiences typically include

a sense of leaving the body;

movement, often through a tunnel;

being engulfed in light or darkness;

feelings of intense and indescribable love and peace

encounters with deceased loved ones, unfamiliar entities and/or spiritual presences;

a life review;

a landscape;

an overpowering sense of knowledge and purpose.

They are often offered a choice whether to stay or return, obviously no one knows what happens when you choose the latter

So many people experiencing the same thing from all over the world, I don’t care what anyone says, how can that ALL be a coincidence or a giant psychic lie XD I believe we come to Earth for a distinct reason, a purpose, and fulfilling this purpose will somehow immensely benefit whatever world we return to when we die. This place is kinda like…a training ground cross with a holiday :shrug: How I think of it. So live life to it's fullest, strive to achieve your goals, but most importantly be happy :D Wow that sounds cliché, let me put it another way…..sad? Don’t be. Angry? Shmeh! Confused? Aren’t we all! Stop thinking for a second and just…smile :icongrin--plz: Because one day we'll all die, which ain't a bad thing, but if we're only on this world for a short time, betta make the most of it! :woohoo: Life’s too short to be anything but…
Happy
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WolfySpice Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
It's pretty simple. Your brain dies. You cease to exist. That's it. Being dead is fine. No worries.

Now dying and having someone else be dead are different matters. If someone else is dying or dead, then there's going to be a lot of stress, anxiety and grief. And if you yourself are dying, your body's functions will slowly shut down. It's a terrifying thought to me that my cognition might degrade like that. I sure hope not. I would prefer to be lucid until the end.
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Saeter Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
The thought or more accurately fear of death (as the only species capable of contemplating it with as much detail and capable of communicating it's concern) is something so powerful we have developed psychological mechanisms to cope with it.

First of all most of us really just don't think about it much of the time and preoccupy ourselves with living to keep it from effecting us. We distance ourselves from the thought of it even as we hear about it through media. Thousands, hundreds of thousands of people die every day and so long as they are not within a persons everyday proximity it hardly effects them.
The closer a person who dies is to an individual happens to have varying effects.

Example "A person you have never met dies on the other side of the world will have little to no effect on one's psyche, but a person you interact with everyday and have formed a strong relationship will prove to be often devastating as it fundamentally alters one's personal experiences."

Empathy and how that brain function works is integral to the understanding.

The thought of one's own death or of their close relations is something that provokes deep seated fear. As a process of evolution the flight or flight mechanism was developed within our species as a means to survive. When threatened one either fights the threat or flees to safety. Simple enough when pitted against a predator or potential predator, however when faced with the stark inevitability of death in general and how impotent we are to prevent it we developed another psychological means to flee from it.
Religion.
Now religion is more than just an answer to death but it is responsible for the development of posthumous existence.
Essentially it is a form of denial. By allowing ourselves to believe that life exists after death then the impact, the finality of it is lessened and it plays to our desires to reunite with those we have lost. It also presents us with a utopian existence in which none of the ills we endure in life are present and that we will live forever in bliss.
However this psychological defense mechanism can and has backfired and the illusion of "heaven" is so desirable that we self destruct in attempting to reach it. This has been seen in mass suicides preformed by cults thru out history.

There are several other mechanism but I can't recall them at the moment and I addressed at the very least the major ones.
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UncleGargy Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The only things I fear about death are my closest loved ones going before me and having to deal with all the emotions, anger and loneliness that comes from it. Then of course the process itself. Would rather quick and have no time to think about it. Long lingering pain is what everyone fears.
There is nothing afterwards, but at least you are remembered by the people you touched in life. And in a way we must be a very lucky generation if you think about it as when we go, we are still out there in video and photos. Even on social media such as Facebook or even DA.
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UncleGargy Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Agree with all you said.
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Jade-Abarai-Kat Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Death is just another part of life. I have no problem with it and actully can't wait to see what the spirit world is like.
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CrystalClearly86 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
I have died 3 times so am no longer afraid of death. What I experienced when I died makes me believe there is life after death. I wish everyone could have that experience because it gives you peace and you will no longer fear death.
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RJW-Photo Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Photographer
I hear ya on that one. ;)
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TheNAUGHTicalLife Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Writer
I died five times peeping that avatar of yours. ;D
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CrystalClearly86 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
I hope that is a compliment.
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TheNAUGHTicalLife Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Writer
Yeah. Trying to add some levity is all. I thought about adding ', girl,' but that sounded too... strange.
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OrangeKrissy Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
All yee of no hope, how much longer must I contend with you.
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Twisted-R Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting insight, you all. It's very nice to hear your opinions on this. :)
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It doesn't really matter what anyone thinks will happen after they die; they'll be dead, so they won't notice. 
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EldingaGunman Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
We go on, I suppose. Holding on to an identity might be a little to much to ask for in an afterlife, but perhaps it's fine without one. Or we'll forge ourselves a new one in some coming reincarnation.
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sojupon Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
when you die there's just nothingness. i feel that a lot of people who don't believe in an afterlife yet are not scared to die in someways expect there to be an afterlife and that there is something in nothing
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RJW-Photo Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Photographer
Our souls are forever, it's just our physical selves that drop like a puppet without the hand (our soul).
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