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    Default So is there anything worse than death/dying?

    If there's anything worse than death, then what's worse than death? Why is it worse than death?

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    Living miserably. It's an attenuated state of being with no definite end.

    At least with death it's over when it's over.

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    For me, no.

    Death for me is to cease existing. Anything existing is better than death.

    Now, I have never been tortured so this is hypothetical. But I think I would be able to take any form of non lethal torture without wishing to die. I would even prefer eternal suffering over the notion of not existing.

    As long as I have awareness and self consciousness that is. Not having that is the same as death to me.
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    Oh and yeah, I should've clarified, my question is in regard to the death of yourself, not other people. (Obviously, the posters above me are on the right track, so this is just in case.)

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    Anything that compels one to commit suicide. Financial stress, divorce/seperation, passing a stone, living in North Korea, not being able to solve the rubix cube without the book, ect.
    everyone uses every function about evenly. take NE for example. if there are those who don't use it much, then why are there such massive amounts of people constantly flowing through Wallmart with 20 items or less?

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    Being tortured in the middle ages.

    Death seems like a really awesome idea.
    I know a girl, she's one of a kind
    But the poor little thing, she's going out of her mind
    There's something you forgot - there's a reason why she's lost
    Cos baby she don't want to be found

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    I think that eternal life as a human being/consciousness is far worse fate then death.

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    Back then they weren't called the middle ages though.
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    The only thing worse than death is uncertainty.

    How the individual chooses to respond to uncertainty shapes his approach to death.



    Quote Originally Posted by Uberfuhrer View Post
    If there's anything worse than death, then what's worse than death? Why is it worse than death?

    Discuss.
    Difficult question, as it invites speculation beyond what is reasonably available. More of an opportunity to gain insight into existential narratives, than to offer comparative measurement with things we've experienced.

    So, what is death?

    Death, insofar as we clinically understand it, is the cessation of biological systems critical to an organism. This can come in many different forms. In terms of 'aging', death could be thought of as the natural conclusion of some as-yet unidentified cellular 'expiration' code where physical processes eventually become less efficient over time until the organism is unable to continue self-sustaining behavior. Death follows.

    Death can also come 'prematurely', as is the case with things like infection, or when the organism is caused to 'die' by a third party (predator-prey relationship in the animal kingdom; intentional killing/murder; accidental death; etc...). In these situations, natural termination of biological processes doesn't result in death. Something external intervens, thereby causing death.

    To your question, is there anything worse than dying?

    Maybe. What happens after we die? Spirituality and philosophy offer possibilities, but we're unable to empirically theorize what happens to the organism after measurable biology ends. Some think we simply cease to exist; our consciousness (such that it is) evaporates alongside our physiology. Others choose to accept a post-death scenario, where we continue to experience some expression of 'life', even after our bodies stop working.

    It's more a matter of personal choice what you choose to believe.

    Is anything worse than before birth? We look to the end of our lives as a period of uncertainty, but generally overlook the time before we lived as valuable data when considering what happens after we die.

    How was 'life' before we were born? Does this relate to 'life' after we die?

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    An interesting thought I just had is.

    Would you be capable of sacrificing yourself for the survival of someone else?

    At the moment, there isn't anyone in my life for whom I can say this is true. But curiously, the thought of sacrifice for the right person or people. Is not something I can consciously reject of ever happening.

    Despite my view on death.

    I think for me a situation is possible where I could find the survival of someone else more important than my own survival.
    ~Self-depricating Megalomaniacal Superwolf

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