why human beings afraid to die?


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Didge Doo answered

Why not? It's fear of the unknown coupled with a more-or-less unpleasant transition.

Then there's the fact that most of us have things we still want to do and won't be able to do them if we fall off the twig.

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Tom  Jackson
Tom Jackson commented
But that's what those death bed requests are for---quilting those left behind into doing what we left undone.

But seriously, I have never felt that I was totally in charge of anything---so I'll leave with the awareness that if what I had left was so important, someone else will realize that and continue my "job" sooner or later.
Didge Doo
Didge Doo commented
Good attitude, Tom.
A priest urged Voltaire, on his death bed, to renounce the Devil. He said, "This would be a bad time to make new enemies."
Tom  Jackson
Tom Jackson commented
always the wit.
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Call me Z answered

Generally, fear of the great unknown, fear of oblivion, fear of hell. But not all people are afraid to die. Some are strong in belief, we call them faithful; some have accepted the inevitable, we call them realists; some can't wait, and want to take others with them, we call these people lunatics.

Zack -  Mr. GenXer Profile

I'm not afraid to die. I have issues with how bad it's going to hurt.

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Virginia Lou answered

Dear Anon,

This answer does not directly address your question, but some say fear of death is our most basic fear, underwriting everything else...

The story goes that 2500 years ago in India there was a great king who raised his son in a beautiful walled palace so he would never have to face any problems of life. Well the prince married, had a child, but finally got curious and made three forays outside.

* * *

He encountered sickness, old age, and the third time saw a funeral... well after seeing death he left the palace for good. The prince's name was Siddhartha, and he became the Buddha.

Dance like a gypsy Profile

Everything has this psychological want to live, it's a fear of leaving behind your family and friends I suppose. Suicide attempt survivors will tell you that once they did the deed they instantly regretted it.

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Rooster Cogburn , Rooster Cogburn, answered

Nothing to be afraid of at all !

Pepper pot Profile
Pepper pot answered

Missing those you leave behind and the time you spend with them. The idea of no longer existing. You cannot escape it, it will happen, sometimes the scariest thing is how it will happen.

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Darik Majoren answered

People are afraid of being forgotten.

It is the unknown for some, and for others it is an end to their personal journey, and a replenishment back to mother earth. Some spend a life time in the service to a concept rather then truly livng life like this is all there is . . . If they enjoyed the servitude to their fantasy then whats the harm.

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Tom  Jackson
Tom Jackson commented
One of the lines in the TV series Kung Fu with David Carridine was to "get rid of whatever forces you to serve it---whether it be so simple as a pebble or as sacred as a chalice."

Buddha taught that believing in gods was not useful for those seeking to realize enlightenment.

I suspect Kwai Chang Caine may be seen the potential for "servitude to their fantasy" for the atheists as well.
Darik Majoren
Darik Majoren commented
No, he was all about walking the earth and finding one's path . . . not the fantasy of a path. Grasshopper was a bit more intuitive with nature then you give him credit for.
Concept was by Bruce Lee, and David brought us the stories every Sunday evening.

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