Death is the cessation of all biological functions that sustain a living organism. Phenomena which commonly bring about death include ageing, predation, malnutrition, disease, suicide, homicide, starvation, dehydration, and accidents or trauma resulting in terminal injury. In most cases, bodies of living organisms begin to decompose shortly after death.
Death – particularly the death of humans – has commonly been considered a sad or unpleasant occasion, due to the affection for the being that has died and the termination of social and familial bonds with the deceased. Other concerns include fear of death, necrophobia, anxiety, sorrow, grief, emotional pain, depression, sympathy, compassion, solitude, or saudade*.
*is a deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves.
Something can only die when it was alive in the first place.
But death marks in all cases the end of a cycle, followed by an immediate beginning of a new one.
For us humans, as we are a life form, death has a great impact. It terminates our being, our existence among and together with other humans. We don’t know when we will die. At least in most cases, we don’t know. And this is good like that. Otherwise, we would be more focused on the event of our death than on our time alive.
Humans were since a long time fascinated by the thought of immortality. The dream of endless living has now become new fire with the topic of artificial intelligence and robots. Movies like “Ghost in a nutshell” are showing this thinking very good. But this is absolutely not the way we have to go. What we are so easily forgetting is that cycles are important and throughout the universe valid and necessary. Where a day ends, starts a night; Where good things stop happening, bad things starting; Where love stops, something else begins; Where one cycle ends, another one starts; Everything is following this universal law, without any exceptions. This law is endless. If it ever had a beginning and how this might have happened, we don’t know. And we don’t have the need to know that.
What we need to do is to understand this universal valid law. As soon as we have understood so, we will realise, that it is not necessary to have the aim of immortality that is connected with a human body which is also following the same law of cycle and will die one day. Something, that will never die is our so-called soul.
As we do not know, how much time has been given to us individually, we don’t have to be worried about it in the first place. What we have to take care of is to use the time we have as a living human. We have to spend our time with as much happiness as possible and to gain knowledge as much as we possibly can. The happiness is for ourselves, the knowledge is for all human mankind. And in this service to all human mankind, we become all immortal. No matter in which physical body we currently are with our soul.
Death is something highly fascinating. Especially, because we know so little about it. We know the different variants how death can look like – oh, in this we are real specialists. And we did also understand the difference between “alive” and “death”.
Each life form with at least some kind of intelligence is by definition self-aware. And sorry, no, this is not a typo – each intelligent life form is self-aware. Actually, each life form is self-aware. Only living creatures can feel. No machine will ever be able to feel and can therefore not become self-aware.
So, as we are self-aware at this moment we are alive, what will we be when we are dead? There are countless theories about this and there are also countless experiments and trials to gain the knowledge about the answer to this question. In many cases, you are reading something about a light at the end of a tunnel. But as the variants of answers are so wide, we classify this question as “unanswered”.
Death can happen to us at any moment. At any place. At any time. We don’t know when or how it will happen. The only thing we know about death for sure is that it will happen at some point. But when this point will be, we don’t know at all.
Steve Jobs said once about death:
“Almost everything, all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure, these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.
Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
As we do not know, when this event of death will happen to us, we should focus on the life we have. The choices we are doing in our life determines what kind of life it will be. Of course, we are very much scared to make the wrong choices. But we should remember that we have the freedom to make these choices. With the help of knowledge, we learn constantly which alternatives are better to choose.