The Digital Shutterbug (aryx) wrote,
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American culture is based partly on the fear of death.
Why do you think we struggle so hard trying to prevent it.
We create medicines to prolong our lives.
We send peacekeepers out to work to prevent wars.
We send priests and other clergy out to save the souls of the rest of the world.
We have a fascination with the fear of death.
Why is this?

The Arab culture doesn't fear death.
Sure, they mourn it, but they don't fear it.
That's where they are opposite than us.
We don't mourn it. Not really. Sure, a few people become sad. But we insist that life will go on, and we expect those who have some loss to recover--in fact, request that they recover--at a faster pace than they want or need.

It's amazing what you see in the hospital.
For those individuals who are given the chance to realize that death is near, it appears that they accept its coming. They become relaxed, tranquil. When it is time, they are ready, and open.
It's amazing what you see in the hospital.
All the worries and problems of the world no longer seem to matter. That all becomes trivial. One gentleman I was speaking with who knew he had only a couple of days to live told me how stupid most of the worlds' problems were.
After he spoke, I told him what I thought about death and dying.
He said he was amazed that I had hit the nail right on the head and asked if I had ever had any sort of near death experience.
No, I told him. I'm just not afraid of death like most people.
He said something along the lines that it's ashame that most people don't come to the same realization until it's at the end of their life. He had wished that he had thought of it earlier. He had enjoyed life thoroughly, he said, more than most people he knew. But he said that if he had had this one realization earlier in life, he felt that he could have enjoyed it even more.
He had no want of money, no want of fame, or power. All he had wanted, all that he was greedy for was for more happiness. Not just for himself... but for everyone.

No, I really don't fear death. I expect to live to around 70, give or take a couple of years. Yes, there are certain ways I would prefer not to die. But you can't control the paths others follow, so getting hit by a drunken driver, or shot by some gang-banger because I was in the wrong place at the wrong time is not really under my control. Just because I don't fear death, that does not mean that I want to bring it on any sooner than it needs to come. There are a few tasks that I would like to accomplish before my own death.
I would like to meet the cousin that I'm not supposed to know I have.
I would like to make a statement that severly alters the life of someone else in a positive way.
I would like to get recognized for an accomplishment that I didn't even realize was a good thing at the time I did it which had affected someone for the better.
I would like to be taken seriously.

But, I would also not want to mind if none of this happens at all.
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