Why are people afraid of dying?

Discussion in 'General Philosophy' started by geekzilla, Aug 31, 2007.

  1. geekzilla Banned Banned

    Why are people afraid of dying and are you? Can you answer this question..?
  2. DanceAndExplode Fear me, for I am Death. Registered Senior Member

    i think its because they're afraid of whats after death. So many people are afraid of what they cant physically see, or what they know for a fact is there. they're afraid of the unknown.
    im personally, not afraid of dying at all.
  3. geekzilla Banned Banned

    Are people with a faith more or less afraid of dying?
  4. DanceAndExplode Fear me, for I am Death. Registered Senior Member

    i think religious people could possibly be less afraid of dying, maybe coz to them there is the excitment and curiosity of an after life. i think people with no religion might be more afraid, coz they dont know what is after death for them. i dunno but im only generalising right now.. i mean, im agnostic, not religious, and im not afraid of dying at all.

    another reason people might be afraid of dying, could be that theyre afraid to leave behind people they love. that would probably be the only reason i'd be a bit afraid, but it still wouldn't make me heaps scared.
  5. one_raven God is a Chinese Whisper Valued Senior Member

    I think, in most cases, "faith" = fear of dying.
  6. EmptyForceOfChi Banned Banned

    people are afraid of dying for different reasons. but mostly because they dont want to lose everything they have here on earth. they dont want to lose loved ones and people they care about. it makes them sad that the universe might be a cold place, where you just die and fade into nothing. people dont like the idea of losing consciousness for eternity. the ego is at the center and root of the fear.

  7. one_raven God is a Chinese Whisper Valued Senior Member

    Material attachment?
    I thought you weren't a Buddhist, Chi.
  8. fo3 acdcrocks Registered Senior Member

    I would expect religious people be a lot more afraid of dying than agnostic or atheist people. I, as an atheist, can say that I have no fear whatsoever of dying.
  9. Sarkus Hippomonstrosesquippedalo phobe Valued Senior Member

    I am an atheist and I am afraid of dying (the process of going from relatively to healthy to the instant prior to death) - but not of death itself.
    To me there is the fear of pain associated with many methods of dying.

    But I do not, at present, have a fear of death.
  10. Baron Max Registered Senior Member

    I think it's perfectly natural for people to be afraid of most any drastic changes in their lives. People are often afraid of moving from one locale to another. It's changes in their normal lives; fear of the unknown.

    Am I afraid of dying? No, but then I'm an old, old fart, and have lived through a lot of changes. It gets easier over time and with experiences.

    Baron Max
  11. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

    I'd say that because of religious teachings all about going to hell, living in a pergatory world, being tortured while there forever. Those types of teachings, if you don't go along with the religions, will put a scare in the youngsters anytime. If people were taught that dying is just a part of living, actually the price we all pay in order to be alive, there wouldn't be as much fear as there is.

    What interests me is what the fuck are we supposed to be doing here while we are alive? Everyone has their own ideas but as yet there really isn't any one real meaning to life itself. Just think in just 50 years no one will ever remember who you were or what you did unless it was something really worthwhile or something really bad.
  12. Yorda Registered Senior Member

    people are afraid of death (non-existence) because they are stupid. let me explain what i mean:

    if you lose everything you also lose the fear of losing everything, so what is there to fear? stupidity.
  13. Wisdom_Seeker Speaker of my truth Valued Senior Member

    Being afraid of dying is just a consequence of not fully living while you could. Besides, our reptialian brain is programmed to be afraid of death for basic survival of life; but humans can be over that if we want to, just by realizing the stupidity of the fear of death.
  14. Enmos Staff Member

    I am not afraid of dying in itself, but I am afraid of it being a painful process.
    Also, dying and being dead are to different things.
    Dying is the process that leads to death, in others words you're still alive. You are dead when the process is completed.
    There is no reason to be afraid of being dead.
  15. geekzilla Banned Banned

    Why do you think religious people are afraid of dying when they believe there is something (god) looking over them and caring for them? When you know that something is there looking after you then why are you still afraid?

    Is it because people are afraid of going to hell?
  16. Enmos Staff Member

    In the first place, i think people confuse being dead with the process of dying. Probably they are afraid of dying and not of being dead. Not wanting to die and being fearful of dying is only natural and STRONGLY selected upon by evolutionary mechanisms ;)

    I don't think truly religious people can be afraid of being dead since they believe in an afterlife.
    If religious people are afraid of 'being dead' (read: 'their afterlife') they are either sinful and fear hell or they have serious doubts about the existence of an afterlife (which makes them not truly religious) and are irrationally afraid of not being. These two reasons are the only ones I can come up with.
  17. shichimenshyo Caught in the machine Registered Senior Member

    Im not afraid of death but rather the manner in which I die. Old age, in my sleep, cancer, I dont mind those. Gun to face, falling out of a plane, burning to death those I mind.
  18. Enmos Staff Member

    Although cancer is generally not exactly a nice way to die.
  19. nietzschefan Thread Killer Valued Senior Member

    People are scared of all kinds of shit nowdays. Dying is just one of many.
  20. lucifers angel same shit, differant day!! Registered Senior Member

    i'm not affraid! why be affraid of somthing that is going to happen even if you want it or not? and why spend the years you have worrieing about death!

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