3 The Quantum Dispersal
If I fall from a considerable height onto solid ground I can rarely stand the mechanical rupture that the kinetic energy of the fall causes in my bones, my joints and my muscles, producing conditions that do not permit essential functions to go on. My death is understandable because I am a body like all other bodies, breakable like them and not viable if the unity required for functioning no longer obtains. If I am attacked and wounded in such a way that one of the many links needed for functioning is severed, my death will be understandable. In wars, weapons are used precisely for that end, and we can understand why people die in such circumstances. Likewise in accidents of all kinds. If my assailants are germs and I develop a disease, my death is still understandable, although not as easily as in the previous cases as I may be equipped to handle their multiplication, which is the cause of the disease. If I am immunized â€” for whatever reason â€” I may avoid death. My survival may then not be understood as easily as my death would have been. If I receive a letter and in reading it got an emotional shock of a certain depth and magnitude, I may die on the spot and my death will not be understandable. Likewise if I pass away in my sleep. There are deaths like these, and they are the ones that strike us as generating the mystery of death.
"Is there any hope that we may ever know what death is? Since it is a problem of knowing, we need to find the epistemological devices that w...