The Idea of Death

This is strange when you think about it:

I can't rememeber when I discovered that I was one day going to die.
I don't rememeber the point in my life when I realized that life was finite, and that no-one was immortal.

Everyone that I've talked to about this can't rememeber that point either.

Obviously it must occur early in childhood, but, even so, you would think that finding out that your life would not last forever, would be so memorable that you would never forget when you first figured this out.

But appearently it isn't so.


Blogger Immortal Beloved said...

I can't remember, either. But I know that early on the thought that I was one day going to die really bothered me. I don't think it's so much that I'm afraid of death itself as I am the pain that might come with death. I don't want to suffer.

1:47 PM  
Blogger Zarathustra said...

I know of a distant relative of mine that died in agony some years ago.

She had terminal cancer, but her nurse rationed out the painkillers, least she overdose. That's the "war on drugs" for you, folks. I can't think of anything more idiotic or disgusting.

We all have a right to be pain free when our time comes.

12:04 AM  
Blogger Immortal Beloved said...

I also think we have a right to decide if we want to die because we're in so much pain. Just like in the movie "Million Dollar Baby".

3:40 PM  
Blogger Zarathustra said...

Didn't see that film, but I agree.

People should always be in complete control of their lives, and if they feel they're not worth living, due to the severity of physical (but not emotional) pain they're in, they are entitled to end them.

BTW, I saw a "Euthanasia" machine in the Science Museum here not too long ago. It had been used a few times in Australia before it was made illegal. Kind of eery.

Although not as eery as a cup from Hiroshima that's also there - you can see bits of debris that were fused into it on one side during the atomic blast.

3:26 PM  
Blogger Mantooth said...

I think because from that day on, you think about death and mortality every single day. Then pin pointing the time of realization, although monumental, is clouded with every return to the realization.

...and don't say you don't realize your mortality every single day.

10:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I suppose immortality first entered my conscienceness when my Dad died. Prior to that, like all young people , death never entered my mind. Now I believe, that just as I died to life in the womb when I was born, at death I die to this life on earth, but life goes on, just as it did when I left the comfort of life in the womb.

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