Death is the ending of life. When one's life ends or is over, then they are considered dead. According to Fred Fieldman, for one to be able to completely comprehend death, then one has to be able to fully understand life (1992). Death has been known of its iniquity and obscurity. This has always given each person his or her own unique and different views about death. The attribute of mystery was given to death due to the inability of human beings to completely analyze it as they have not experienced it. The attribute of death being evil was picked up due to people not being able to justify a person's death. Some people would have been better off alive than dead according to some people's interpretation.
The idea of death is however ruled out by Fieldman, as he considers dead people not to have any feeling whatsoever lest an opinion (1992).His perception of a dead person thus means that he has become non-existent.
[...] Even testimonies of near death experiences are usually too vague and different in many cases such that it is hard to actually derive a conclusion from them. Buddhists also have their own descriptions of death; they define death as a beautiful sleep, some actually testifying to have died. But then again having different versions of what death actually is, it has become hard for people to completely make a heed of this mystery that is death. Death is also presumed by many to be evil. [...]
[...] (1993). How we die: reflections on Life's Final Chapter. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. pp278 William, D. (1992). Death and Dying, Opposing Viewpoints. San Diego: Greenhaven Press. [...]
[...] Death has thus been seen to have a big impact on the way people choose to live their lives. Having the full knowledge that people will eventually die, over the years people have changed their perceptions on death. Some have chosen to be resigned and accept their fate, while others chose to completely hang on to life. References Aries, P. (1974). Western Attitudes towards Death: From Middle Ages to Present. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press. Aries, P. (1981). The Hour of Our Death. [...]
[...] This till leaves a puzzle on what life actually entails. Knowing the brevity associated with life, and the way, in which death can permanently take that life away from them, people will tend to live safer lives. In addition, people will be more courteous and fear death more; once again, death becomes a factor by which we weigh how to live our lives. Multicultural diversity creates a diverse reaction and belief to death. There cross-cultural perspectives on death, this makes the issues arising from death diverse (Sherwin, 1993). [...]
[...] The thought of heaven as a better place to go, assures us that death is not entirely a bad thing. There is also assurance that we will get to be rebounded with our loved ones that is we live upright lives. Just like the opposite of living righteous lives, one will end up going to hell, where there will only be eternal torture. Death is also said to be permanent. Scientists have tried to come up with ways in which someone's heart is stopped and then resuscitated. [...]
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