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Are you afraid to die?

post #1 of 31
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If so, why?? My theory is that people who are afraid to die are so because they think it will hurt.. For me, dying will answer some questions. Is there a heaven or hell? Does a person have a soul or are we just a biological machine?
post #2 of 31
I'm not afraid to die. I just wonder what it'll be like. If we really go anywhere or if it's just like when we're sleeping.
post #3 of 31
I'll say it now... I'm petrified of death. the thought of myself no existing anymore scares the hell out of me.
post #4 of 31
Am I afriad of death...???

Not as much as I am concerned it will be the last thing I ever experience...

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post #5 of 31
Itis pointless to fear death. It is inevitable... What I fear is dieing and not being happy with my life...
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post #6 of 31
Pfffft.. I dont remember the last time I was happy with my life...

Just Happy, sure now and then....

Just becuase I cant say I was rich or "great with the ladies" doesnt mean my life sucked...

Heck, just cracking my back in the morning is all I need to make me happy...

life is 99% crap... thats just the way it is...

You have to find pleasure in the small things, when I look back on my life... the view sucks, but some of the little things I "did" or experienced made it all worth it... those things make me happy with my life...

OK, you can all now go "Awwwh..." - that just makes you feel all warm inside"...

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post #7 of 31
[quote]Originally posted by FERRO:
<strong>You have to find pleasure in the small things, when I look back on my life... the view sucks, but some of the little things I "did" or experienced made it all worth it... make me happy with my life...</strong><hr></blockquote>

actually, that is what I was getting at. I really think that these things matter more then getting a wife and having kids... Probably not the most popular opinion... but thats the wat I feel

Edit: Appifanny(sp?) just like EmAn!! (small things-one liners...) seriously, without EmAn's "customary" posts, I dont know what AI would be like...

Edit: also, I really think having a wife and kids is also VERY important, but that just makes "all the small things" (I hate B182) THAT MUCH MORE IMPortant (sorry about caps...)

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post #8 of 31
I am afraid of death as well.

I like life, I like seeing the world. I like people.
If I die, it would hurt my loved ones a lot. I also want to raise a family so death would prohibit that.

BUT

When I am an old man I won't be afraid of death. <img src="graemlins/smokin.gif" border="0" alt="[Chilling]" />
post #9 of 31
- I will be afraid of the pain before death should it present itself.
- I will be afraid of not having lived all of my life.

Right now I'm more worried about what I suspect are panic attacks. Or maybe they're just extremely bad dreams. Whatever happens, it is rather terrible.
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post #10 of 31
[quote]Originally posted by psantora:
<strong>

Edit: Appifanny(sp?) just like EmAn!! (small things-one liners...) seriously, without EmAn's "customary" posts, I dont know what AI would be like...
</strong><hr></blockquote>

Of course AI would be very different without me. One line posts would not exist and the boards would be full of huge posts and that isn't cool.
post #11 of 31
Right now, I'm more affraid of people around me dying. Lost a couple of uncles and aunts this past year, and my parents are gettin' up there...
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post #12 of 31
Death is uncertain. I mean, none of us really know what happens when we die...

But I'm not too afraid of death. I'm more afraid of other people dying around me...how selfish of me...

That doesn't mean I'm going to be doing dumb things in the face of death though.
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post #13 of 31
I'm not afraid of death in terms of what it will mean to me? However, when I think about my 20 month old and what my death would mean to her, then death scares me.

My dad died when I was 18 and I can't imagine how kids younger than 18 feel when a parent or sibling dies. Death is fine as long as it doesn't come to early.

People should be allowed to live long enough to become great grandparents .

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post #14 of 31
I've never thought much about death, and have never been scared of it.

I was told a few weeks ago that I have a form of cancer, and that it will kill me sometime - could be this year, could be when I'm 112.

I thought perhaps that'd make a difference to my thoughts about death, but to be honest, I still don't care.

Too busy getting on with the here and now to concern myself with the then and how.
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post #15 of 31
Not really scared of dying itself, but the details about HOW sometimes cross my mind.



Like most, if I had it my way, I'll be in a bed, surrounded by friends and family and be a very old and fulfilled man who did everything he wanted to in life.

Not next week while coming out of a 7-11 and getting shot by some 14 punk undergoing a gang initiation rite.



Just don't want to go in a violent manner, or suffer. That's all.
post #16 of 31
Death itself does not frighten me, perhaps that is because i haven't thought very much about death. What scares me is dying before i have lived myself to the fullest.
post #17 of 31
I'm not afraid of the actual "event" that will kill me. I'm scared to death though of dying and leaving my wife and daughter behind.

I've had a lot of death in my family in the last 2 years, and I've seen what it's done to everyone. I am constantly being reminded that I should be enjoying every day as much as I can.

When I contemplate my own death, it's funny, I really don't think of myself too much at all, I only think of what life will be like for my wife, daughter, and the rest of my family. I'm thinking that I'll have done all right if I make it to see my grandkids graduate from college.

Really though, it's not something that enters my mind too often. These are just the things that enter my mind when I'm asked about it. We've got a lot of life insurance, so if something happens to one of us, we'll won't have any financial troubles thrown on top of everything else.

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post #18 of 31
[quote]Originally posted by pscates:
<strong>Like most, if I had it my way, I'll be in a bed, surrounded by friends and family and be a very old and fulfilled man who did everything he wanted to in life.</strong><hr></blockquote>
Well, <a href="http://forums.appleinsider.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic&f=6&t=000506" target="_blank">not long</a> to go now, huh?
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post #19 of 31
I was with my grandmother when she died, and then my mother. Both knew several hours before that they were going to die. The only emotion that they showed was fear, pure and simple.

They were both religious, and had full lives with families, etc. I think this idea of accepting death after a long and fulfilling life is a myth. When it comes right down to it, you're scared. Most of us just don't think about it very much, because it seems so distant. But when you're faced with it in the immediate future, it's just scary.
post #20 of 31
[quote]Originally posted by Belle:
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Well, <a href="http://forums.appleinsider.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic&f=6&t=000506" target="_blank">not long</a> to go now, huh? </strong><hr></blockquote>

YOW! Rack one up for Belle!


Yeah, I done got me one foot in the grave, baby! A buddy of mine was kind enough to point out the silver little hairs in my temple and sideburns area yesterday. She seemed to get a kick out of it, but the humor was lost on me.


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post #21 of 31
You're right, BRussel. I spent a lot of time with my Grandma right before she passed away last year. My daughter was 8 months old at the time, and every time my Grandma saw her, she would just cry.

It was really hard to see. She afraid to go, afaid that this little girl she loved so much was going to grow up and have no memory whatsoever of her.

It's easy to sit here today and say that as long as you had a happy life, you can accept death.

I think it's a different story all together when you're actually hours away from your own death. I know there won't be a moment ever that I'll be ready to say goodbye to everyone I love.

*ahem*

On a lighter note, pscates, you old sonofabitch, I get bugged by my hairdresser all the time about this little white/grey patch right at the top of my head. It grows every time my daughter wakes me up at 3 am.

I can't imagine how big it'll be when I get to be your age...

post #22 of 31
You never know how much something means to you until its gone...

I remember, when at moments of my life that came very close to killing me... How great life is and how much Everything means to you when its slipping away...

I dont know of anything scarier than that... being scared shitless and slipping away into the dark...

I dont care what your religous beliefs/convictions if any, Those last few moments are IT, either there is life after death or there isnt... it is the great Clincher - A point, fact, or remark that settles something conclusively; a decisive factor to face the end... is scary... its a scary prospect, everything rides on that moment... Everything.

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post #23 of 31
ihave to be sort of honest with y'all. i obsess about death. not usually mine, but sometimes. mostly my loved ones. It isn't like an unhealthy thing, well I dont think so anyway. I'm not constantly worried about it. I just think about it a lot, how my friends will die, what I'd do without them, thinking of what would happen to my brother if my parents died, stuff like that. It doesn't consume me so I don't worry too much about it.

My best friend hates it when I talk about it, but I think a lot about my funeral. I'm 22 years old and I've got every detail planned. I have a friggin will. I just see this as good planning. Maybe I'm a sicko. Among my friend (and my mom's) least favorite ideas: lots of miniature urns, filled with my ashes, to be taken home as souveniers (and NOT scattered! that's my method of scattering them myself!). Well, that and the kegs and open bar. My friends like that part of it. and no depressing music. i also hope i die when it's warm, because i want it to be a pool party. after all, why should people dred the last time they're going to party with you? make it something memorable that they'll enjoy, not something they'll always want to forget!
post #24 of 31
i think i got too much to live for...wife and two kids....it seems hard sometimes but its worth it
post #25 of 31
No, I'm not afraid to die. <img src="graemlins/hmmm.gif" border="0" alt="[Hmmm]" />

To quote someone you might know when asked about death: [quote]Some see it as a changing into an indestructible form, forever unchanging. They believe that the purpose of the entire universe is to then maintain that form in an Earth-like garden which will give delight and pleasure through all eternity.

On the other hand, there are those who hold to the idea of our blinking into nothingness with all of our experiences and hopes and dreams merely a delusion.

Considering the marvelous complexity of the universe, its clockwork perfection, its balances of this against that, matter, energy, gravitation, time, dimension, I believe that our existence must be more than either of these philosophies, that what we are goes beyond Euclidian or other practical measuring systems and that our existence is part of reality beyond what we understand now as reality.<hr></blockquote>
post #26 of 31
[quote]Originally posted by starfleetX:
<strong>No, I'm not afraid to die. <img src="graemlins/hmmm.gif" border="0" alt="[Hmmm]" />

To quote someone you might know when asked about death: </strong><hr></blockquote>

actually, that makes a scary amount of sense...
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post #27 of 31
I'm frightened by the prospect of my life ending before I'm done living it. Not believing in an afterlife, I'm convinced that the event itself is nothing to be afraid of; like the last page of a good book, it's just the end.

Of course, I'm also terrified that I might be wrong about God, and He'll be pretty pissed off when it comes time to face Him.
post #28 of 31
If you realize that all things change
there is nothing you will try to hold on to.
If you arent afraid of dying,
there is nothing you cant achieve.
Trying to control the future
is like trying to take the master carpenters place.
When you handle the master carpenters tools,
chances are that youll cut your hand.


--From the Tao Te Ching

No, I'm not afraid of death. Unless it's really painful.
post #29 of 31
No.
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post #30 of 31
I don't know. Wish I could ask <a href="http://apnews.excite.com/article/20020127/D7HA6OFO3.html" target="_blank">her</a> why she would do something like blow herself up for some religious cause. If I really wanted to die, right now, it wouldn't be that way. I'd rather die having an orgasm.

Death really doesn't scare me. There could always be something better at the light in the tunnel...whatever. (Artman @_@ is feeling down and out today...)
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post #31 of 31
What can I say, the thought of my dieing would bother me, but its not something that Im particularily afraid of. However if I were to die at this moment, Id think of it as a shame, there was so much left for me to do.

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