The title "On The Fear Of Death," caught my eye as I was skimming the text for a story. After some thought, I concluded that the word "death" means more to me than most of my peers. I grew up as the daughter of a hard working man, one with an uncommon occupation. My father is a mortician. "On The Fear Of Death" intrigued me because many adopt such a negative view of death. Kubler-Ross takes the concept of death and embraces it, perhaps allowing her to ease her own fear of mortality. She eloquently expresses her views, emotions, and feelings regarding death and dying. Humans cannot conceive peaceful death, instead most imagine themselves suffering before they pass. Kubler-Ross nicely expresses that "death in its self is associated with a bad act, a frightening happening, something that in its self calls for retribution and punishment." Why do most humans fear death as being horrible and painful?
Kubler-Ross passionately expresses her empathetic thoughts regarding loneliness and seclusion as related to death. She writes, "our presumed patient has now reached the emergency room. He will be surrounded by nurses, orderlies, interns, residents, and lab technicians, he slowly but surely is beginning to be treated like a thing." Here she certainly reefers to the impersonality demonstrated by friends, family, and caretakers alike during an ailing patient's last minutes. The quote brings attention to society's views of the dying, which are often portrayed well on television through such shows as ER and Homicide. Surely Kubler-Ross intends to spark readers empathy and evoke ideas of lasting personification of the dying.
According to Kubler-Ross many people make the mistake of excluding children from the entire experience of death. Most likely a child will become aware of this later in life and regard death as a frightening experience with which he or she will have no way of coping. Here I can speak from experience. I believe one should be...
Why do we FearDeath?
Why do we FearDeath?
Many of us feardeath to some degree at some point of our lives. To some it’s as early as teenage years, and to others, it’s later in their mid 30’s. We as individuals see fear and death at different levels. Before I get in detail, lets first define death and fear, then we can see how they are correlated. According to Merriam-Webster, fear is an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, or likely to cause pain. Death is defined as the permanent cessation of vital functions, the end of life.
Both of these definitions do not seem so pleasant, and obviously nothing to look forward to, that might be part of the reason why we dread and terror the thought of death. There are different factors that I will be addressing within this essay that influence our views on why we feardeath. Some of the major reasons that I believe we feardeath is:
1. Leaving loved ones behind
2. Religious beliefs
3. Fear of the unknown
Leaving Loves Ones Behind
We all grew up with loved ones all around us, it being our families, friends and pets, and many times we do not think that we will ever lose them. Fear comes...
...Primarily speaking, the necessity of death penalty has been the prolonged clamour of victims' immediate family and relatives of these predators who demoralize and disrespect the life of their preys. A plea for justice has always been the battle cry of these innocent victims who impatiently wait the verdict of this bureaucratic delayed justice system. Moreover, some of these convicts are generally given life imprisonment which in the long run can be granted with parole; years after repayment, vengeance is once sought after by these criminals. Though this humane world has been able to give a glimmer of hope for these prodigal sons to repent for the acts committed, the financial backwash should also be taken into consideration. The need to construct more prisons and jails is growing in leaps and bounds and the hungry stomachs of these people have long been siphoning our economic budget. On the long run, the taxes we pay are feeding these lackadaisical convicts more than the benefits we accumulate
For what we pay.
The first established death penalty laws date back to the Eighteenth Century B.C. in the Code of King Hammurabi of Babylon, which codified the death penalty for 25 different crimes. The death penalty was also part of the Fourteenth Century B.C.'s Hittite Code; in the Seventh Century B.C.'s Draconian Code of Athens, which made death the only punishment for all crimes; and in the Fifth Century...
Topic: Is it rational to feardeath? If so, what is the relation (if any) between the badness of death and the rationality of fearing it? If not, explain why many people feardeath.
To FearDeath is to Waste Life
When considering whether or not it is rational to feardeath, I argue that the fear of death is an irrational fear. In order to support my argument, I will consider three main reasons why people feardeath and how the fear of death ties directly to the badness that is believed of death. I will also outline Epicurus’ point of view on death and the reason for my own personal belief that death is not to be feared.
Is it rational to feardeath?
Is it rational to feardeath? No. A better question is: Is it rational to fear a wasted life and face death with nothing to proudly and happily look back on? Yes. I am currently 20 years old; I already find myself with regrets about the past, dissatisfaction about the present, and anxiety about the future. How is it that this is even possible? I, if God should will it, should live at least 60 more years! Yet, here I am, waiting, worrying...
NO FEAR IN DEATH
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Socrates did not choose to begin now at 70 years old and make choices which would have been contrary to who he was. He believed living long doesn’t matter, living well does. He lived a good, just, and ethical life and was poor because his life was spent on more noble things of the search of true wisdom, not of earthly self-pleasures of physical matters. He was the father of Philosophy and roamed the Athens’ Agora speaking, teaching, and asking questions of real wisdom, a kind of soul searching. He had many pupils and would seek others to find any true meaning of true knowledge. He felt like he didn’t know all things and questioned those who appeared to be learnt in certain areas to help him find real knowledge with wisdom. He surmised that the body and the soul are separate, and in life, we can never attain all that we yearn to know. Our soul is eternal and our physical bodies are temporal, so edifying the soul is one’s aim to practice for dying and death for a true Philosopher throughout one’s life.
He was tried in the Athenian Courts and found guilty, given the death sentence. He was accused of not believing in god and brainwashing the youth and influencing them. He made his defense but to no avail. His radical thinking and speaking made him very unpopular with those who governed the Athens society. His friends were...
In Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’,”On the Fear of Death,” she describes the different aspects of the dying process: options for the final days of the terminally ill person, the grieving process of the family, and how children are treated during this time. How grieving has changed due to the many advances in medicine that have been made is examined. The dissimilitude in “old-fashioned” death and “modern” final days are presented. She focuses on accentuating how stoically people are treated in a healthcare facility to drive her point home. She is a true advocate for Hospice but fails to mention several critical variables. I work in the healthcare field as well and I have taken care of my father in his final years, while I was a child. I have experienced both styles of the death process and one can be more appropriate than another depending on the circumstances. Sometimes one has to consider the circumstances surrounding the end of a life and a mechanical death may be necessary.
Over the past century, there has been a dramatic increase of medical advances made and a similar trend in emotional disorders. Specific advances mentioned in the essay are the creation of vaccinations and the use of antibiotics. These have caused the human population to live longer and fewer young have been dying. A great amount of faith in recent medical practices this leads...
...What is death? Is it good? Is it bad? Should we fear it? All these questions arise when the word "DEATH" is brought up. Death is a mystery. In the article "How to be dead and not care", the author begins to describe this ambiguous term by placing it in three concepts; those of dying, death, and being dead. The article goes on to state that Dying is whereby a person comes to be dead. Death is like the gateway between the world of the living and the world of the dead. Even with this concept, "Death" remains a mystery because it is not clear whether it is a part of the person's lifetime or not, which makes a big difference when it comes to fear. The last of the three concepts is being dead. Being dead is after a person dies. The article summarizes the three concepts by saying "death comes at the end of a person's dying and at the beginning of a person's being dead." (Rosenbaum 121)
Now that we understand the concept of the term "death", we can begin to discuss whether or not we should feardeath. Socrates says that he does not know what death is. Socrates feels that we should not fear the unknown because it is simply that, an unknown. What is there to fear if it's unknown? "Don't fear it. I don't fear or avoid things I don't know to be...
...On Death and Dying
The Universal Fear of Death
The Universal Fear of Death expands upon the ideas Elisabeth Kubler Ross and Ernest Becker regarding the psychology surrounding death, and the social constructs designed to mitigate its influence on our psyche. These ideas focus on different cultural perspectives surrounding the path to immortality/transcendence, how culture assists us to deal with ourdeath angst (anxiety), and in a dialectical way, bring about a question; “Is the fear of death universal?”
In the introductory section section the question is asked; Is the fear of death Universal?” Ernest Becker argues that the very thought of death is “the mainspring of human activity.” He explains that this fear of death drives us to create myths about immortality, seemingly to deny that a physical death is the end of life. Death anxiety and denial are said to have two origins: innate animal instinct (fight or flight) or “cultural conditions that may give rise to the fear of death” (Charmaz).
Modern philosophers Feder, Hinton, Gordon, and Malinowsky believe that this anxiety is innate, that it derives from the characteristics that make separate us from other species, or what makes us human. One quote from Gordon states...
...Some old people are oppressed by the fear of death. In the young there is a justification for this feeling. Young men who have reason to fear that they will be killed in battle may justifiably feel bitter in the thought that they have been cheated of the best things that life has to offer. But in an old man who has known human joys and sorrows, and has achieved whatever work it was in him to do, the fear of death is somewhat abject and ignoble. The best way to overcome it – as at least it seems to me – is to make your interests gradually wider and more impersonal, until bit by bit the walls of the ego recede, and your life becomes increasingly merged in the universal life. An individual human existence should be like a river – small at first, narrowly contained within its banks, and rushing passionately past boulders and over waterfalls. Gradually the river grows wider, the banks recede, the waters flow more quietly, and in the end, without any visible break, they become merged in the sea, and painlessly lose their individual being. The man who, in old age, can see his life in this way, will not suffer from the fear of death, since the things he cares for will continue. And if, with the decay of vitality, weariness increases, the thought of rest will be not unwelcome. I should wish to die while still at work, knowing that others will carry on what I can no longer do, and...