A Good Enough Death

Discussion in 'Religion & Philosophy' started by Consider This, Jun 29, 2016.

  1. Consider This

    Consider This Member

    Mar 2016
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    The best death, many of us might agree, would be a quick, painless passing in one’s sleep, coming at the end of a long, robustly healthy life. It’s comforting to contemplate.

    But this brief piece is not about the best death. It’s about what I would consider the minimum for a good enough death. As I approach the beginning of my eighth decade this minimum has become exceedingly simple. Perhaps deceptively so.

    A good enough death would not need to be a dignified one. It would not have to be suffused with mindfulness and equanimity. It need not include the feeling that at base all things are one. It would not need to center on the warm satisfaction from having loved well, or having been well loved. It need not include a comforting sense of continuity for family, humanity, or conscious life in general.

    Of course I’m hoping my own death does indeed include all of these qualities. It’s possible. But it’s also quite possible my last days will be spent in, say, the opioid haze of a skilled nursing facility, with few cognitive nuances available.

    What might be a good enough death even in that situation? From my perspective it would include just one thing: courageous honesty about death itself. It would be the unadorned acknowledgement, flickering up through the opiates, that “I end here”. With a few more cognitive skills available, the self-talk might even be something like “this process called ‘me’ is about to disperse, once and for all.”

    What would not count as a good enough death? Delusion or self-deception. Clinging to the idea of personal immortality in a spiritual afterlife, quietly hoping against hope that it actually exists.

    Despite four centuries of scientific inquiry, there are still billions of people who, in Geoffrey Miller’s unsparing description, “. . . construct pathetic ideologies of self-comfort to plug their ears against mortal terror. They nuzzle into reality’s course pelt for a lost teat of supernatural succor.”

    What I’ve called courageous honesty might be rephrased as simply being adult about death. That is, not lapsing into childish fantasy about it, not hoping a supernatural parent will reach down at the end to scoop you up.

    We won’t be scooped up. We will just disperse. Such are the thoughts of a good enough death.
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  2. manoharb

    manoharb Senior Investor

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    I believe, Death is important factor in Patriotism and Liberalism. both have their own advantages and disadvantages. But Nature is the fundamental of both. because of pollution, diseases etc. today, I believe most people believe in Patriotism than Liberalism. 100% Patriotism or 100% Liberalism never possible in world. Both have some limits. Once Patriotism crossed its limit Liberalism starts to save Human from turning into an cruel animal and once Liberalism crossed limit Patriotism starts to save human from natural disasters. That's the reason of human survival on earth. Patriotism and Liberalism completes circle of Human life. Religions also based on this. In today's world, I'm Patriotic more, Liberal less and after some years or centuries again Human will be Liberal more,less patriotic.Diversity effect always matters. so countries which have diversity always have long-life. Diversity allows 'freedom of Thinking'. Diversity occupies everything color,faith etc.
    As a Hindu, I believe in reincarnation because Freedom is not possible until there is a wish in mind before death. without winning mind Freedom is a joke.without knowing myself, who i'm ? Freedom and Peace is a Joke.so what i want first is Freedom and Freedom is life and life without freedom means somebody's body is alive but inside he/she is dead. who achieved Freedom from all appetite,attraction etc. in mortal things or sickness of mind. for him death is a negligible factor.Jesus,Buddha etc. they left their body. but still we believe they are immortal and alive.

    so at last, death of mortal body is negligible factor for prophets. they achieved Freedom from sickness of mind. so they can plan their death and If any common human planned his death. we call that suicide.so i believe, How I will die ? I will die on bed peacefully or by any other way ? such questions have no meaning. Live life like a patriot,Fight for Freedom and then like prophets be liberal and help Humans and Humanity. this is end of story. any human can't deny word 'Freedom' because Human is not an animal. Animals can be tamed, Humans can't.

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