Why Are People Afraid of Living?

Discussion in 'General Philosophy' started by geekzilla, Aug 24, 2011.

  1. scheherazade Northern Horse Whisperer Valued Senior Member

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    That would imply there was a purpose to life?

    How do you arrive at that conclusion?
     
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  3. wynn ˙ Valued Senior Member

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    In that case, you are part of the group who is afraid of living, so we can ask you:
    Why are you afraid of living?
     
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  5. wynn ˙ Valued Senior Member

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    Why?


    Why?


    "This is in the philosophy forum."
     
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  7. Dywyddyr Penguinaciously duckalicious. Valued Senior Member

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    I don't. (Hence the "what if" and the wink).
    But doesn't the original question also suppose there is some purpose?
    Life is life: how can it be claimed that lives are lived in fear unless there's a way they "should" be lived?

    It cannot be said (so far as I know) how a life "should" be lived, therefore any claim that they are lived in a particular way can only be an observation (correct or not).

    In my experience life, like shit, just happens.
     
  8. wynn ˙ Valued Senior Member

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    Geekzilla pm'd me the lyrics to "Sympathy for the Devil" and then commented that this was "/my/ methodology, in a nutshell."
    I have no idea what he meant by that.
     
  9. wynn ˙ Valued Senior Member

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    I think Geekzilla is playing a pseudo-philosophical game.
     
  10. Dywyddyr Penguinaciously duckalicious. Valued Senior Member

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    Only Geekzilla knows what he means.

    Pseudo is correct.
    Philosophical I'm not so sure about.
     
  11. geekzilla Banned Banned

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    I am certainly a person and at times, yes, I would say I was afraid at certain
    aspects of living. I'm not afraid to admit that much

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  12. wynn ˙ Valued Senior Member

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    Okay, so to answer the OP question that you yourself posted:

    Why are you afraid of living?
     
  13. wynn ˙ Valued Senior Member

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    Vast is the ocean of pseudo-philosophy!
     
  14. geekzilla Banned Banned

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    Well you posted a link to those lyrics in this thread. Isn't that what you do? See who has sympathy for the 'devil' or not?

    In other words challenge assumptions.
     
  15. geekzilla Banned Banned

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    And you are but a drop in it.
     
  16. Me-Ki-Gal Banned Banned

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    Around here butt loads of people are not afraid to live . Sometimes they die from there lack of fear . Skiers running into a tree . People falling off cliffs , Grizzly Bears eating em , Mountain lions eat em . All kinds of stuff . Drowning in the wild river boating . You name it . Adventure comes with risk . You may be afraid but you are living big time . We have a disproportionate of adventure seekers in Missoula . I would guess it is typical in your more wilderness areas of the United States . Thrill seeks . Yeah
     
  17. wynn ˙ Valued Senior Member

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    Geekzilla still isn't answering:

    Why are you afraid of living?
     
  18. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.

    Albert Einstein


    The good man is the friend of all living things.

    Man falls from the pursuit of the ideal of plan living and high thinking the moment he wants to multiply his daily wants. Man's happiness really lies in contentment.

    Mohandas Gandhi



    An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.

    Martin Luther King, Jr.



    Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.

    Oscar Wilde



    The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
     
  19. geekzilla Banned Banned

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    Fear of pain would be one thing. If you read the posts above you will also see I have mentioned indecision as a possible symptom of living fear.

    I note you haven't answered my question about those Rolling Stone lyrics.
     
  20. Dywyddyr Penguinaciously duckalicious. Valued Senior Member

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    Fear of pain?
    So you equate pain with living?

    Edit: is not pain a natural thing? A warning to not proceed any further?
     
  21. geekzilla Banned Banned

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    Is it possible to live without pain? If it isn't then yes dealing with pain is part of living.
     
  22. Dywyddyr Penguinaciously duckalicious. Valued Senior Member

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    Pain is a small component of life. It does not constitute living.
    Like you said, it's part of it.
    Is minimising pain fear?
    Should we ignore pain?
     
  23. geekzilla Banned Banned

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    Pain is relative as is pleasure; both are living unless you can divorce either from the process that is living.
     

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