Author Topic: The reality that we'll die some day  (Read 4323 times)

Re: The reality that we'll die some day
« Reply #270 on: August 18, 2017, 05:44:30 PM »
Some people consider that it may be better to never have been born at all, since only through living can we experience pain and misery. This is called "antinatalism" and is espoused by philosophers such as David Benatar. I'm not sure how I feel about this, but I've had my share of both pain and pleasure. But I don't recall being bothered at all before I was born, and I expect to spend eternity not being bothered once I'm out of here. I just try to have a good time with what little time I've got left.
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Re: The reality that we'll die some day
« Reply #271 on: August 19, 2017, 02:29:00 PM »
Is it better to have lived and lost than to have never lived at all?

Death is rather frightening if you feel entitled to life. From a different vantage point, death is a privilege because it's only served to those who sprang into existence in the first place. I am grateful for a chance at life in this peculiar space, even though it is likely to sift through my fingers. This realization has humbled me immensely.
Or, as one of the proverbs at the end of an episode of 'Welcome to Night Vale' succinctly put it, "Death is only the end if you assume the story is about you."
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Offline SciBorg

Re: The reality that we'll die some day
« Reply #272 on: August 19, 2017, 03:09:13 PM »
Some people consider that it may be better to never have been born at all, since only through living can we experience pain and misery. This is called "antinatalism" and is espoused by philosophers such as David Benatar. I'm not sure how I feel about this, but I've had my share of both pain and pleasure. But I don't recall being bothered at all before I was born, and I expect to spend eternity not being bothered once I'm out of here. I just try to have a good time with what little time I've got left.

I can understand how someone could not be so enthusiastic to wake up every morning. However, this is an individual matter. I think it's amazing to be able to experience life.

Im happy to entertain different points of views. I will look into that shortly. Thanks for sharing!


Or, as one of the proverbs at the end of an episode of 'Welcome to Night Vale' succinctly put it, "Death is only the end if you assume the story is about you."

That's an excellent quote. I'm storing that in my memory!
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Re: The reality that we'll die some day
« Reply #273 on: August 20, 2017, 02:53:39 AM »
I seem to recall, when I read some Schopenhauer, that he advised against reading - he preferred thinking, instead.




Ah, yes, I found it on Google:


But since I don't believe in the holy ghost, I wasn't concerned about sinning against it...plus, my thoughts dry up quite often.

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