I think of death fairly often, and am working on coming to peace with it. I was born with an extremely severe medical condition, and have been on the brink of death a few times, so the idea of being finite has always been very present and very tangible in my life. I am afraid not of dying in and of itself but of lack of infinity, and I have always had a sense of only having so much time to enjoy... I rarely, rarely experience boredom and am always trying to fill my life with meaning - though as is so typical for an N-dom, I get caught in my head often.
As for spiritual beliefs, I err on the side of thinking that clearly there is something about death that humans simply don't understand / aren't privy to, and there will probably be some sort of conscious afterlife. I do like the idea of reincarnation, though not simply confined to this universe - logically one's particles will be (and are currently) "reincarnated" in any number of terrestrial and extraterrestrial forms. I feel to some extent that I must simply suspend my impatience and trust the workings of universe, and believe that I will be granted with the knowledge that I need when I need it. I have the feeling that if I am always striving to become a better being, if I try to live in harmony with the universe, if I take care of my fellow beings and my environment, and try to live a happy and moral life, things will turn out just fine.
Yeah. I don't begrudge anyone their faith, as it's everyone's individual right to choose, but I do also feel that it is a cop-out at times. Just yesterday in the car I mentioned to my boyfriend that I thought it would be nice to feel the security that many religious people have, the result of having a steady paradigm of the universe. He said something to the effect of yes it would be nice to have that security, but it wouldn't be worth living a life of illusion. I agree.Originally Posted by jontherobot