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I've never been very religious if at all and iwht my autns recent passing I've been feeling crippled wiht a lot of deaht anxiety. is it really inevi table? is it always going to be osmething eveyr human has waiting for them for the rest of existence? I feel like I"m going to die in a failry hsort ti mespan without really getting eveyrthign I wnat done done. that I'll alwyas feel "unifinished" or incomplete. I plan to bring this up in my next therapy session but rightnow If eel crippled byt he fear of sut "not exisitng". and going back to that unknown "before birth" state.

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Is it inevitable? Probably. Some futurists say we will be able to extend human life by a lot, and maybe some virtual brain copying technology could somehow allow us to transfer our consciousnesses to some sort of "cloud".

But besides that, it's inevitable. But is your anxiety and fear of death inevitable? Absolutely not. You can come to an understanding with it and an acceptance of it like most people do.

Posted June 27th by Agis
Agis
 

You have nothing to fear from not existing because all that's happening is external energy fluxes are transforming into audio and kinetic energy the way they and this long-running chemical reaction programmed themselves into. You can't really separate yourself from everything else, so you already don't exist. There's some kind of consciousness thing that freely dissolves into something else every time you sleep but you're not afraid of sleep for some reason. Death is just another transition into god-knows-what.

You're a feedback loop programming itself, but you're still fundamentally part of everything that made you and that you make. At death you're just going to dissolve back into that, or you know maybe not since no one knows how the fuck consciousness works. Maybe you start interacting solely with the bacteria along the brain-gut axis instead.

Edited June 27th by Xhin
Xhin
 

mos tof that flew right past me man.

Posted June 27th by tnu
tnu

modt people fear die that’s why we run from danger. You just think to much go to school so you can use your brain to think about things haft will actually help you in life

Edited June 28th by Brandy
Brandy

I welcome death when it comes for me. I won't actively seek it out, but I will embrace it peacefully if it shows up early and inevitable enough for me to know.

Posted June 30th by I killed Mufasa
I killed Mufasa
long live the king

that's soemthing I never really got. always wonderedhowpeoplecould beso cool about it. theidea of never thinking feeling, knowing etc terrifies me.

Posted June 30th by tnu
tnu

Life sucks, I wouldn't want to have to do it forever. I won't jump off a fucking bridge like my brother did, I'll stick around and see what hilarious ways life can fuck me for the next 40-60 years. Have a good laugh. But after that I'm quite happy to leave this world behind.

Posted June 30th by I killed Mufasa
I killed Mufasa
long live the king

That is so odd (in my opinion) as much as life tends to suck I'd rather be able to think and feel and percieve than not have any of that.

Posted July 1st by tnu
tnu

There's also no point dwelling on what you can't control. The fact of the matter is, unless we achieve immortality in the next 60 years which is highly unlikely, or you manage to be cryogenically frozen until we do , which I am guessing you're not important enough, you will die. You're going to die and hopefully you have years and decades in front of you to come to terms with that. But it's a fate that awaits every person. There's no point in having anxiety about it because it's inevitable.

Posted July 1st by I killed Mufasa
I killed Mufasa
long live the king

which is highly unlikely


NOt as unlikely as you may think current futurist proections are aorund the 2030-2060 range.

There's no point in having anxiety about it because it's inevitable.


THa'ts kind of funny to me because it's something I've alwyas had issues with when soemthing is presented as "inevitable" tends to hav ea very strange effect on me.

Posted July 1st by tnu
tnu

It's like worrying about getting wrinkly. It's going to happen, so don't worry about it. Enjoy your life now while you're young, and continue to enjoy it as you get older. That way when it does come time for you to leave this Earth, you will look back on your life and see it filled with joy rather than anxiety.

Posted July 1st by mariomguy
mariomguy

I hope so. when I look back most of the time it usually results in some form of melancholy. People that have left me either because of uncontrolled circumstances or because I drove them away, long dead dreams that I don't feel any hope of reclaiming. Missed opperotunities (why didn't I do undergrad at nineteen?) and Iust get scared that I'must going to end up nowhere and then die neer to be able to loe to feel to fear, to think or contemplate ever again I start ot wonder if it's too late foralot of it. andhoneslty doubt it will ene matter in the end. human extincitona nd heat death of hte unierse being what they are.


At this point I feel myself descending in to a nihilistic depression because I"m fairly coninced that our entire existence is just one pointless cosmic fluke that will inevitably be reduced tonothing in a cold dead universe.

Edited July 2nd by tnu
tnu

Even if they do manage to make us immortal or freeze us by 2030, I'll be 40 so I'll never have my youth back. And that's the absolute earliest date. I'd rather be dead than be 40 or even older than 40 forever. I could see the appeal if you're 18-25 in perfect health in 2030 and they manage to do it though.

Posted July 2nd by I killed Mufasa
I killed Mufasa
long live the king

I very much doubt they'll get to the point of indefinite life without some form of reverse aging process (at least cosmetically). Great, regenerative capabilities can be done through stem cells after all.

Posted July 2nd by Agis
Agis
 

Call me when they make an 80 year old man look and feel 20 again.

Posted July 2nd by I killed Mufasa
I killed Mufasa
long live the king

There will be incremental steps before that day.

Posted July 2nd by Agis
Agis
 

Really holding out for that right now.

Edited July 2nd by tnu
tnu

So, you're depressed about living, and you want to live longer. Surely you see the paradox here.

Live for today.

Posted July 2nd by mariomguy
mariomguy

Why do you enjoy about life then if you fear death but st the same time talk about life being meaningless. 80 percent of suicides happen spontaneously

Posted July 3rd by Brandy
Brandy

I'm not sure how toe xplain it at the moment it feels weird ot me too. This thread is partialy ust getting my thoughts formedf ormy next therapy session.

Edited July 3rd by tnu
tnu
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