Death and its significance
- Death in Medieval/ Middle Ages
- Death in Present Times
- Attributes Given to Death
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. [...]
[...] They were all resigned to their fate, which was to die. This was the eventuality of everyone and everything. People's experience with death began at birth where in communities like the African ones, new-borns were named after those who had already passed on. They considered it a reincarnation or rebirth of their loved ones who had already passed on. This was probably in a bid to keep their memories alive and the belief that there was life after death. This is how Buddhists view death even up to date. [...]