- Death: A Question.
Death is an interesting thing. It's something that both confounds us, as humans, and also fascinates us. It's something that unites people and something that tares people apart. People from every culture and place experience death, and they all experience it the same way. When a death occurs, no matter where on Earth it is, people mourn. It's interesting to me to see how people mourn the ones who have passed on. I honestly don't know why it interests me, it's just something that, in my humble opinion, I believe is at the core of the human soul. We can't comprehend someone leaving this life and moving on. For many people there is the belief that there is nothing after this life and that we simply crumble away into dust. I wonder how these people can believe that. Not because it doesn't make sense: quite the contrary. It is logical to us that there is nothing after this life because we only know this life. We strive for proof of other ways to escape the eternal death that awaits us simple because we are so reliant on evidence to prove something exists. It's hard for us the believe in something that we can't sense with one of our five senses. But, I wonder how these people can be so pessimistic about life and if they want to believe that there truly is nothing after death. Would you not want to believe that there is life? Why would you want to die? Maybe they care about only being logical and that no evidence is proof enough? Either way, it makes me wonder how people perceive death and why. Death is a troubling topic to cover. It spans the gamut of human emotions. It is a time to mourn, but, for many, it is also a time to rejoice. Death can bring up emotions of anger and hatred, or love and compassion. Many times it is the circumstance in which someone dies that determines what emotions follow their passing. Take, for example, someone who is murdered. Regardless of the circumstances that that person was in before their death, many times emotions of anger and hatred arise in the family and colleagues of the fallen. Now why do these people experience this emotion and not just sorrow and grief? Are they angry because something was taken away that was so valuable that it can never be replaced? But if they would die anyway then why get angry? Or is it because life was taken from them before it was their time? Either way, the fact remains that the circumstance surrounding the death of a person will determine the emotions that come along with it. I find it much more uplifting to think or believe that there is indeed a life after this one. Who wants to be dead forever? It might not have the evidence to support it that many people would want it to have before they believe it, but it is so much more optimistic to think this way. I want to believe that there is something after this life. I believe that in most cases every other person would like the believe that too. Take into consideration the fact that usually older people are more religious than young people. Do you wonder why that is? Death and its effects also effect us more the older we become. It is hard for me as a young human to really grasp hold of death. We (speaking for the majority of the people my age) cannot imagine ourselves dying. We just can't comprehend that we won't wake up one morning or that we won't just "live". It's as simple and requires the same amount of thought as breathing. It just "is". It doesn't require thought. It's different for older people though. They begin to realize that they, or "we", don't live forever and that one day it has to come to an end. They begin to think they could be the one to leave this world next. As a result, many turn to religion as a way to comfort them. And who wouldn't? I don't want to think that I will die and then there will be nothing? Where would my consciousness go? What would become of my inner me? These questions we can't comprehend or answer. When older people experience death it is a frightening and sad meeting. It is a meeting that, in this life, they will not walk away from. So, they hope. They hope there is life after death and that they will live on somewhere. They hope because they are afraid: afraid that if all the doubters are right, then they will sink into oblivion and never wake up. For me it is much more pleasant to think that there is a life after this one. I don't want to sink into oblivion either.