“Death is nothing to us, for that which is dissolved is without sensation; and that which lacks sensation is nothing to us.” – Epicurus
When the time comes, things cease to exist, and what was once alive, be it a leaf or a rose or a person, dies.
Death is just the same for one who died yesterday as for those who died centuries ago. This is the only way to make sense of ‘eternity’: death has no duration at all, for the subject.
The fact that someone is dead is not the fact that he or she is in some mysterious state and is going to be for a very, very long time. Death is not the state of a person. It is ‘nothing to us’ because we no longer exist.
“I wouldn’t mind dying so much if it wasn’t that I would be dead at the end of it.” – Woody Allen
Life is unjust or intolerable. So there must be a better one somewhere else. Or, it is intolerable that the unjust man meets happiness and success, and the just man meets misery and failure. So there must be another arena where justice is restored, which is called the afterlife. However, the death of a child is a more moving event than the death of an adult. But why? Is it because the child enjoyed living more than the adult?’ Is it because the child never enjoyed living? How come life is conceived as enjoyable this time?
“Someone’s death is actually the end of their dying.” – S.E Sever
In many countries, including England and the United States, you would be prosecuted for relieving a person of their terminal suffering. However, you would be prosecuted for not relieving an animal from it. Why does the ‘non-human animal’ deserve better than the ‘human animal’?