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On Death

Moreover, if death is seen as the end we approach from this side, it is totally unknown and we fancy it as fearful or invent an after death which soothes us. No after death offered, besides a reincarnation to go on with one's evolution, could really invite us to leave life freely, joyfully. When looking at this life we can merely feel either pleased to get rid of its pressures or sorry to leave its pleasures and comforts. At some moment of wisdom we see that since death shall come we should prepare for it. In some cultures this means making a will, taking out a “life� insurance, designating one's substitutes if one has a position of responsibility (king, chief, head of institutions, etc.), or making arrangements concerning some other aspects of what goes on in this life so that it can go on without us. But all this does not touch the fact that we die, nor tell us why. The living may be thankful for what someone did before dying, but that someone may have done nothing for himself or towards reaching the meaning of his death in his evolution. In the same way as with the continual alternation of night and day, sleep and wakefulness, we may be so fully absorbed by the one (usually the state of wakefulness during the day) that we miss knowing the other. Man so far has developed a technology which makes living by night as easy as by day, and has found that as man he can eliminate the distinction either by learning to be equally active in a cave or mine (now lit) as in the open fields by day, or by

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On 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...

On 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...

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