or no more?
Most people have 'chosen' to believe that
they will not be terminated by death
By Ben Madadi
March 18, 2004
Men have always had something to fear none because
any good intention but simply because of their simple
instinct. Probably the most feared phenomenon is death
though no-one has ever come back to say anything about
any of its eventual horrifying consequences.
All kinds of people have always tried to justify
their desires, or probably their gut feelings, pointing at
the unexplainable, the imperceivable and the terrible,
and the easiest way to confuse the audience has always
been to mention the afterlife.
No-one has ever returned from death, i.e. real death.
So if there has never been any proof of the afterlife
what is the fuss about it? Well, there is little
theory about such a taboo subject but there are many
First of all it is human nature; greed, that never
gives up wanting more and more. It is not a common
human trait to suppress greed. This natural
characteristic is so powerful that it quite easily
challenges rationality and often overcomes it. Greed
overcoming rationality pushes people to believe that
this life is too sweet to be temporary. Although there
is no evidence whatsoever that there may be any other
alternative to giving up the sweet life, historically
most people have 'chosen' to believe that they will
not be terminated by death.
I have very often thought of a variety of
possibilities that life may not end by death in one
form or another, and so far come up with no clear
understanding of my deliberations. No wonder there is
also nobody else to be able to shed some light on the
issue. There has never been.
Ancient Greeks, including Socrates and Aristotle,
didn't even try to touch the subject that much. They
simply 'adopted' the common knowledge of their fathers
about the afterlife. They were men of objectivity,
rationality and science and had nothing to do with
mass manipulation. They didn't need to exploit the
fear of death or the greed of endlessness. Nonetheless
they did encounter some harsh treatment time to time
from those who did not see them as beneficial but
rather disruptive elements to the inclinations of the
I can talk about my own understanding. Life is
something granted for free and it has everything
embodied in it to be very sweet and pleasant. I wonder
whether there is really anything wrong to accept that
it is actually very much temporary! It is good and
pleasant and it actually ends. So what? If it was good
and pleasant and it never ended wouldn't it have been
better? Well, it probably would, especially if it
would have been even more pleasant; without the
threats of disease or all kinds of calamities. Let's
Without these and without death there would
have been no fear. Fear of what? In such a situation
fear would be worthless. I personally believe that one
major reason, or probably the only reason, human
beings are greedy, is also because they are aware of
the limited time they have so that they want to have,
or to do, as much as possible before the time is up,
before they need to pack up. So without death and
without fear there would be no need for greed.
Now what I would like to personally understand is
whether life without greed or fear would actually be
'pleasant' or rather boring. You know that you will
wake up safe and sound and will go to earn yourself a
living, come back home and so on and that's it. Let's
not analyze the situation in which you wouldn't even
need to do those because you will not die of hunger or
lack of shelter or any other cause. Would life
actually be interesting? Would it be called life, or
rather something we cannot call life!
I think we should just enjoy this temporary life
we have as much as possible because it's much better than
the other way around!
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