Perspectives on Death

Often regarded as one of the few certainties of life, death has always been a major concern of human race since time immemorial. Over the years many philosophers as well as non-philosophers have given many similar as well as contrasting theories on death but nothing so profound till date can give the exact and truest definition of death? Then why the subject death is still one of the most discussed topic in current world? And above all, what is it that compels us to fear death?

To answer this question, Jaff Mason argues that the concept of death has no subjective meaning. Death and its concepts are absolutely empty. No clear picture comes to mind when we think about death. All we can conclude is that death is either real or vague. If it’s real than it is the termination of one’s life entirely and if it is vague it is just the closing of one chapter and the opening of the succeeding chapter of the very book called life. Now it all depends on our own perspectives whether we’ll consider death as a wall or a door leading us to another room.

The prominent Greek philosopher, Socrates illustrates both possibilities of death. As per him death is either a dreamless sleep or a transition of the soul to another world, where it joins the souls of all the other dead. Using his Socratic irony, Socrates claims that, if the latter is correct, he’s going to spend the afterlife examining all those prominent historical and mythological figures, just as he did his fellow Athenians when he was alive. Socrates also insisted that for a moral person, death was a good thing and should be welcomed. Suicide was wrong, he added, because men and women are the property of the immortal gods, and as such should not be harmed intentionally because this was an attack on the property of others. But when death did come, it was no bad thing at all. It should be treated as normally as anything else in life.

Similar things were even depicted by William Cullen Bryant in his famous poem, “Thanatopsis”. As per him, there’s nothing to fear about death ’cause we won’t go alone to our place of eternal sleep, nor could we ask for a more impressive bed. We’ll lie down with the earliest rulers of human history—with kings, the most powerful people on earth—and with wise people, virtuous people, beautiful people, and the white-haired prophets of ancient times, all in one magnificent tomb. Above all death is the only route to meet our creator. So there’s little to fear about death. He also says that human beings remain dormant for a much greater period of time than he actually lives in the world. So humans must use their life in the most magnificent way so that when they are called to join the infinite train of dead people on its way to the unknown realm of the death, we don’t go like a rock mining slave sent to the dungeon but instead go cheerfully and unbowed.

52 Comments Add yours

  1. gabychops says:

    Interesting post to choose for this weekend and very well presented and argued.
    This subject is difficult to discuss as it would require to say what our personal view is on religion and afterlife, or not, as it may be.
    Thank you.

    Joanna

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    1. Shayan Das says:

      Thank you so much for commenting. Yes I agree it was a difficult theme to handle ’cause the perspectives differ considerably. Have a great day ahead. 😊

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  2. mitchteemley says:

    This is only the nursery for the Life to come.

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    1. Shayan Das says:

      Haha.. Great quote!😅

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      1. mitchteemley says:

        Thank you, Shayan.

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  3. kshtatiana says:

    One reason people are fearful of death is that we are afraid to leave loved ones behind. This fear is more pronounced, especially when we are young and have small children or other obligations. The feeling that the loved one would be struggling without us, feel agony and pain of losing us, adds to the fear. Another reason is that we don’t necessarily know what happens after death; our assumptions are based on the Biblical and other religious literature. So, since the literature describes the horror of hell, that in itself sends fear. This fear, on the other hand, makes us more humble and kind while we are still alive – its a good thing 🙂

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    1. Shayan Das says:

      Very true. The two reasons you illustrated can indeed be the most suitable answers for the question why people are fearful of death. We fear death ’cause we think that we’ve a lot of things to do and many more moments to savour even after our death. No doubt how long we go or how much we achieve there’ll always be a sigh that we could do better. Similarly leaving one’s loved ones is the most painful part for a person.

      Thanks for commenting. Have a great day ahead.

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  4. Michele Lee says:

    Thoughtful and thought-provoking piece, Shayan.
    Your references and quotes were relevant and interesting.

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    1. Shayan Das says:

      Thanks a lot 🙏

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      1. Michele Lee says:

        You are most welcome.

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  5. Aman Behra says:

    Very interesting post Shayan. Very well expressed ideas.

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    1. Shayan Das says:

      Thank you so much😊

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  6. I will try to go cheerfully and unbowed but hopefully not yet!

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    1. Shayan Das says:

      Haha.. True 😅

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  7. We shouldn’t think too much about death; We must think about what comes after death. Because God will hold us accountable for every deed we have done, big or small, good or bad, and He will honor us for our good deeds and punish us for our bad deeds
    .God who created us
    .Certainly, our souls will rise to God after death, and our bodies will return to earth

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    1. Shayan Das says:

      Very well said. There’s no meaning to think much about death if we believe in the existence of the Almighty. He’ll do all fine. Thanks for commenting.

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      1. welcome
        But the matter is very, very, very, very, very dangerous, not as you think, because if anything other than God Almighty, God will enter us into Hell

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  8. by reading this post it is true that death is eternal to all and one should never run away from it and accept it

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    1. Shayan Das says:

      Thank you so much for commenting. Have a great day ahead.

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  9. I don’t fear the afterlife…I fear knowing that I will no longer exist on this earthly plain. I fear that my wife with struggle through her remaining years without my help. The fear of no longer existing has plagued me for the last 33 years.

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    1. Shayan Das says:

      Yes.. That’s what compels us to fear death the most. We tend to think that if we leave the earth there’ll be many things undone. Also, we don’t wish to part from our loved ones. Thanks for commenting.

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  10. Well said. Thoughtful.

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  11. Interesting post on Death and well said by the great people. I would say when life itself is illusion and this is only the body that has to perish and we r all here with temporary bodies then where is the question of death. Death is surely imminent.

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    1. Shayan Das says:

      Thank you so much for commenting. Death is imminent.. The line cannot be more true. Have a great day ahead.

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      1. You are welcome Shayan. Would love if you could comment on some of my posts too. Have a wonderful day ahead. Take care and stay safe.

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        1. Shayan Das says:

          Sure. I’ll do…

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  12. penhive says:

    Dear Shayan, You leave interesting perspectives on death.,

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    1. Shayan Das says:

      Thank you so much😊

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  13. An interesting post you’ve got there, Shayan. And I just want to say a thing or two.
    Death, in its entirety has a clear meaning and origin..this of course am saying from (permit me to use the word) ‘religious perspective’. Although not going into scriptures here, just wanna make an expression.
    The most foolish believers as far as am concerned are those who fear or who mourn over the lost of a loved one.” because, that is like saying…the deceased has completely seize to exist in every form of living. I know as humans we might feel the pain piercing through the heart whenever old memories of the loved ones flash through our minds, but on a religious standpoint, it shouldn’t be since we have hope and confidence in their faith, love, service and salvation. We should rather rejoice because they have entered into eternal rest..and life everlasting in glory with the Lord.
    The subject of death as we all know, has been, as old as time itself could be remembered..but then. . .in modern Theology and in my Philosophy, I’d say. . .
    Death, is not really the termination of one’s existence or the end of one’s life (here on earth). Death, is a Transition..from one sphere of life(temporaral/mortal life) into another sphere(permanent/immortality). You do not stop to exist when you die, you only change address from earth to eternity.
    Death is a transition not the end of one’s life.”
    It is a transition from the earthly realm into the eternal realm.”
    The day you one dies on earth is his or her first day in eternity. Life on earth is an opportunity to prepare for eternity. So let’s live wisely, and let’s love(agape love) big time.
    BIBLE SUPPORT
    1 Corinthians 11:26
    1 Corinthians 15:21
    1 Corinthians. 15:54
    1 John 5:16
    Revelation 2:10
    Revelation 21:4
    Revelation 21:8
    Do take care out there, stay safe.
    ~Emmanuel Enifu

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    1. Shayan Das says:

      Thank you so so much for stopping by and commenting on my post. I do agree with your words. Have a great day ahead!

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  14. tanishkbatham says:

    Those who contemplate death are certainly those who live purposefully. Great article!

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    1. Shayan Das says:

      Thank you so much for commenting. Have a great day ahead😊

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  15. Simantini says:

    Insightful post,Shayan👍
    Personally, I like the philosophy of Victorian poets like Tennyson and others about death not being something cruel, rather a gateway to a new life.

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    1. Shayan Das says:

      Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting on my post. Have a great day ahead!

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  16. It’s a good read 👍

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    1. Shayan Das says:

      Thank you so much!

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  17. Ena says:

    Thank you for choosing to follow my blog! I am so appreciative of your support! Looking forward to reading more of your posts!

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    1. Shayan Das says:

      You’re welcome. Have a great day ahead!

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  18. The Bible states something that most people do not recognize as death. Romans 8: 6-8 says: “To be carnally minded IS death….” Death (the carnal mind) did not exist until Adam and Eve ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. This wasn’t a literal piece piece of fruit, but was forbidden knowledge. In the moment they did this, they died spiritually which eventually resulted in their physical death.
    We are a three part being… (spirit, soul and body) and only our spirit can communicate with God and know Him. We are all dead men in our spirits with life only in our souls and bodies until we have an encounter with God who has provided a way for our spirit to come alive. Then we can receive a new mind which is the mind of Christ.

    The Bible calls death an enemy, even the last enemy which will be destroyed when God’s glorious plan for the salvation of all mankind comes at the end of the ages. EVERY man’s knee will bow and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord at that time and death which is the penalty of sin will be no more. But before that time comes, the ones who repent of their sins in this age, will have their spirits made alive and will be spiritually likened to babies in their mother’s wombs. If they feed on words of life from God and overcome the lusts of the flesh, the lusts of the eyes and the pride of life, they will develop into the stature of the fullness of Christ and overcome death in THIS LiFE just as Enoch did who was translated that he did not see death. They will no longer function in a carnal, reasoning mind, but in the full mind of God and do the works that Jesus Christ did and greater ones. The whole world is moaning and groaning waiting for them… They are waiting for you dear Shayan.

    Thank you for so many rich words for us from such a beautiful seeking heart.
    ❤️Michele

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    1. Shayan Das says:

      I’ve no words to thank you. But still thank you so so much from the core of my heart for stopping by and commenting on my post. Thanks for illustrating the concept of death concretely in terms of the Bibal. Your comment looks more beautiful than my post. Wish you a beautiful day ahead.

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      1. Bless you for your touching reply. It means more to me than you could know. ❤️

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    1. Shayan Das says:

      Thank you so much😊

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  19. I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was good. I don’t know who you are but definitely you’re going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already 😉 Cheers!

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    A SUBJECT OF INTEREST NOT LIKELY TO EXPIRE ANYTIME SOON! 😀

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    1. Shayan Das says:

      Thanks a lot 🙏

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  21. Lovely article.

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    1. Shayan Das says:

      Thank you so much. It means a lot to me.

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