Well, that seems rather short-sighted and maybe a little selfish, doesn't it? And wasn't that same dark and dreamless sleep the very thing you claimed to fear?
April 25, , , The phone rings. a menber of the staff of the red Cross informe me bluntly,, that the latest blood test showed I was HIV positive He told me. He has to choose between three rooms. The first is full of raging fires, the second is full of assassins with loaded guns, and the third is full of lions that haven't eaten in 3 years. The third room because the lions are dead for they had not eaten for three years.
Many if not most of us at some point or other in life begin to entertain serious doubts about why being alive matters. It is an important question and indicates a level of seriousness in the questioner and deserves a response which might help to illuminate our predicament as humans with a somewhat constrained perspective on life. In Spinoza's psychology, [parts in his "Ethics"] he details the difference between 'imagination' and 'understanding'.
Imagination is a state of mind where our emotions which he terms 'passions' exert a powerful negative influence on our thinking and self-image.
These powerful 'impressions' which are stored in our memory come at us in a flurry of daydreams and nightmares. Their power consists in the fact that they involve no time element and more importantly that we essentially have no control over when or in what concatenation they will appear before our mind's-eye; once they become part of our memory they are stored there for as long as we are alive. Spinoza urges us to learn to recognize these 'externally derived' influences and to learn to 'see' through them and to become self-initiated, not controlled by external forces.
This involves a long, slow process and is not easy. I have become convinced that understanding the nature and origin of our daydreams, nightmares and basic fears, is in itself a comfort of a sort. Think of it as taking a bus-ride through a bizarre Fellini movie, try not to take them too seriously. Sometimes talking through this with a trained Counselor can help. But if we can become successful we reach a tipping point where we begin to see life as a gift and being alive an honor.
Life is difficult but please be assured we all have doubts and fears.
Spinoza said that the person who understands life does not fear death. Yes, this is a challenging proposition. But we need to give ourselves some slack and take each day slowly, focusing on the things that are important to us and beginning to believe in a potential future.
They can't believe that this kind of outrageous injustice is done in the courts of America. A dog runs up and gives him a lick before he is hauled off to the gallows. The last time a governor used his power of executive clemency in a murder case was more than 30 years ago, when Ronald Reagan commuted the death sentence of a mentally ill inmate to a life sentence. Nor one that has two separate trials - one for guilt or innocence and, if guilty, another trial for the punishment phase. Money transfers. Leszek Syski is a Maryland antiabortion activist who says that he "became convinced that the question of whether or not murderers deserve to die is the wrong one.
From a biological perspective we live to reproduce. We live to reproduce but that's kind of a boring answer The way I view it is that having a finite existence forces us to reproduce. Which allows us to make more finite lives, and those finite lives can create more finite lives and so on.
So although we might die. We can still be arguably be alive in the form of future generations generations So you are allowed to die once you reproduce and pass on behaviors to you children to assure that you live on. The most rational reason is that, if you are alive, you can always choose to die, but if you are dead, you can never choose to be alive. This makes being alive favorable over being dead.
There is at least some evidence suggesting that living organisms are defined by their ability to optimize their own global entropy. In other words, we evolved to be able to maximize the number of choices that we will be able to make in the long term. For example, when you have very little money, and you are deciding where to eat, you can only make a few choices, because there are only a few restaurants within your price range. But when you have a lot of money, you can pretty much decide to eat wherever you want. So we favor having money over not having money because it opens up more possibilities, it allows us to have more things to choose from.
From this perspective, there is never a good reason to kill oneself. From the perspective of entropy, one can simulate the same effect by simply not making any more choices, while still leaving open the option to start making choices again. Palyi, C. Zucchi, L. Caglioti Hrsg. Fundamentals of Life; Paris: Elsevier pp. This article won much praise. The author distinguishes the law or principle of death from the process of dying.
Life can on principle not do without death because otherwise it would sufficate in its own discharge. Death does not exclude awareness, but that requires overcoming one's fundamental fears. One always has the free choice of what one likes to think and believe, but one cannot escape the consequences. Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. If we are all just condemned to death, then why should we still live? Ask Question. Or are they? I haven't read any of Nietzshe's books regarding these. Please enlighten me. On the other hand, why not make the most of it while we're here?
That's the counterargument. The lives of the greats inspire us in this direction. And what does ethics or morals has to say when one is oriented in "making the most out of it while we're here"?
Wonderful question! Most of the world's greatest beings became great by cracking the mystery of death — Jesus, Socrates, Buddha I will not pretend any answers since I am not in that bracket! Just try to open the window a bit wider. In Hindi the word for dead is nidhan which literally means money-less pennyless.
Think of how this changes a presumably? Life is not simply the opposite of death. The opposite of death is birth. To live, is not simply to exist, or at least, it shouldn't be.
Of course you can read Nietzsche. Personally I don't think he will offer much help for your problem. I think many of us have had the same thoughts as you have had. The man who does away with himself performs the most estimable of deeds. David Blomstrom David Blomstrom 3, 2 2 gold badges 9 9 silver badges 22 22 bronze badges.
You could say the same of Jesus : If he had toed the Sanhedrin line and stopped being a trouble maker they would have let him go. So it could be said of every revolutionary that opposes tyranny. In fact you would find that tyrants invariably justify their murders and wars with a "What to do? I think Socrates did opt for "suicide". To make a moral point. From my reading of the history of the period, people such as Socrates were actually expected to escape and go into exile.
It was not hard for such people to escape the clutches of the law after they were condemned. Which room is safest for him? The third room. Lions that haven't eaten in three years are dead. I can fly but have no wings. I can cry but I have no eyes. Wherever I go, darkness follows me.
What am I? A woman is sitting in her hotel room when there is a knock at the door. She opened the door to see a man whom she had never seen before.
He said "oh I'm sorry, I have made a mistake, I thought this was my room. The woman went back into her room and phoned security. What made the woman so suspicious of the man? What gets broken without being held? A young woman is attending her mother's funeral.