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Whether they are religious or non religious what are your thoughts about death and dying?

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readeal3 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted April 7, 2013 at 4:51 PM via web

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Whether they are religious or non religious what are your thoughts about death and dying?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 7, 2013 at 5:08 PM (Answer #1)

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My main thought about death or dying is that I do not want to die because I do not know what comes next.  More specifically, I do not want to cease to exist because I am so happy with existing.

I do not have enough religious faith to be thoroughly convinced of the existence of an afterlife.  I am not an atheist.  Instead, I am an agnostic.  I admit that the existence of God is just as plausible as the idea that God does not exist.  However, no matter how hard I have tried, and regardless of all the religious education I got as a child, I have never truly felt the presence of God.  Therefore, I do not know with any certainty that God exists and that we, therefore, have an afterlife to look forward to.

Therefore, I do not want to die.  I love existing.  I love the experiences that I gain.  I love to learn things and to think about things.  I want to keep on doing so.  I also want to keep on loving my wife and my kids and other family members.  If there I were sure there were an afterlife in which I could keep on doing such things, I would be much less concerned with dying.  Since I am not convinced, I feel some trepidation.

Of course, dying is inevitable.  I hope that I do not fear death because I think that fearing death would keep me from enjoying my life and living it to the fullest.

On the whole, though, I'd rather answer questions about African American mutual aid for you... :-D

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