Don't take life too seriously, no-one makes it out alive
If you were to match these words to a face and a mouth, you could imagine the person saying them to be somewhat bitter about their fate. This quote has a vibe of "Oh great, I'm alive. And someday, without warning, I'll die. Gee, ain't that just terrific."
To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure
If you were to match these words to a face and a mouth, you could imagine that the person saying them would be excited and hopeful about the future, and very calm too. This quote may be from harry potter, but there are many proverbs that say this same sort of message. This quote has a vibe of "Oh great, I'm alive which is awesome. And someday I'll die, which is another really cool adventure. Wow, life is simply amazing." (not sarcastic like the other one)
So which is it?
To understand death better, a person must first look at what life would be without death. Let's take a look. Pros and Cons of life without death.
Pro: No death, less sorrow
If there is no death, there is no loss. There would still be sorrow without death, just not on the same level. People would not lose ones they love. You could count on the fact that your loved one isn't going anywhere.
Con: No end to personal suffering
Without death, people would face pain unlike anything others have faced before. Without death, people would be forced to endure suffering on a much larger scale. Without death, there would be nothing to look towards for the people who are suffering.
Pro: Eternal Life
Just imagine it. Knowing you will always be here. Knowing that no matter what happens you'll get to keep living this amazing thing called life. That you'll get to live it with the people around you. That you'll be able to achieve so much. Incredible.
Con: Eternal Life
Just imagine it. Knowing you will always be here. Knowing that you will age and get to a point where you do not care for life anymore. That you will be in that kind of "limbo" forever. The world will be overpopulated, so you and everyone else alive will have to deal with the consequences of that.
Pro: no fear?
If death really is what we fear, then in theory no death would mean no fear. And no fear means a happier, healthier life.
Con: More fear?
But in reality, maybe our actual fear are of things that will lead to death. Maybe death is actually, on a subconcious level, comforting. To know that if we are forced to endure tragedy, death is on the other side. Without it, could our fears be heightened?
This one really depends on how you view suicide, a tricky topic. Many people have to endure suffering due to losing a loved one from suicide, and the person comitting suicide will never know the joy of life. On the other hand, if they weren't experiencing the joy of life anyways and aren't suffering as much because of that, who is to say if it is a bad thing.
A major part of all religions is what happens after life. If there was no death, and it was not even a question, then, in theory there would not be religion. On one hand, religion gives people hope and sustenance. On the other, religion causes conflict and intolerance. Is a world with religion a good one, or a world without religion a good one? You decide.
Would we be MORE likely to engage in warfare without the chance of death? If a leader knew they would not die, would they act in a way that they wouldn't have before?
So, the ultimate question...
A world without death would not be our world minus death. Without death, there would be overpopulation. Diseases and viruses would probably be more common. There would be more suffering. Food shortages. The list goes on and on. There would be less loss. No suicide. Possibly more wars. There could be more fear or there could be less fear. Religion, for better or for worse, may not exist.
So the ultimate question is.
Would you rather live eternally in a world like that?
Or would you rather live for a few decades in a world like ours?
Share your opinion down below.