why do you think people fear death when they are close to it?an agonised person at last decides to sucide for he thinks that its the only think left to be done but when he is about to die he wishes...

why do you think people fear death when they are close to it?

an agonised person at last decides to sucide for he thinks that its the only think left to be done but when he is about to die he wishes ti stay alive . what do we come to know from this about the nature of human mind?

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Actually, I would argue that the closer a person gets to death the less it is feared.  We fear distant, unnamed horrors more.  Of course that is a philosophical answer to your question.  The scientific answer is that our survival drive kicks in with a fight or flight response.

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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First, if you or someone you know is considering suicide, then please talk to your parents or school counselor. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. What your example tells us about the human mind is that it is capable of and wants to find solutions other than suicide. Regardless of our fear of the unknown, the mind is resilient and can work out most problems if given the chance.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think it is that we fear the unknown.  No one knows for sure what happens to us after we die.  People may have very strong beliefs, but they do not know for certain.  There is the saying "better the devil you know than the devil you don't know."  I think that applies to the case you are talking about.  A person might know for sure that their life is unpleasant, but they may prefer that to the unknown.

So, I think what this says about human nature is that we fear the unknown and death is the ultimate unknown.

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mary1jalal | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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I think it is that we fear the unknown.  No one knows for sure what happens to us after we die.  People may have very strong beliefs, but they do not know for certain.  There is the saying "better the devil you know than the devil you don't know."  I think that applies to the case you are talking about.  A person might know for sure that their life is unpleasant, but they may prefer that to the unknown.

So, I think what this says about human nature is that we fear the unknown and death is the ultimate unknown.

thanks!thats very true !

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