After watching the latest news, with all of the adjectives that have been thrown around by the political pundits, commentators, and most anyone else that could grab any air time regarding the budget, climate change, terrorism, Benghazi, and other nefarious terms meant to instill fear into the general populace of America these days, it made me think.
In listening to the reactions of various people I have to wonder if there is something that they must fear more than death itself. They speak of the collapse of the American economy as if it is a fate that is apparently worse than death since they refer to it in such ominous terms as catastrophic, and the end of life as we know it. Then I started watching a program on the History channel about the End of Times, and these scientist were worried about something else.
These scientists, and I am afraid I have to use this term loosely, were comparing the prophecies of the Hopi Indians, the Mayans, Nostradamus, and the Computer Bots as to when the world would end. An interesting part of this comparison was how close, depending on your interpretation, these prophecies were to each other in predicting the end of time. They ranged from the hail of comets and the bright blue star as predicted by the Hopi Indians to the Mayan calendar which indicate that next year is it. Of course if you rely on Nostradamus we have another 16 to 17 hundred years. Amongst the conversations of these scientist arose the question, “do you fear death?” This led me to wonder, how many people actually do fear death?
I have a rather pragmatic view of this, I think, and perhaps it is because I am a bit older than some folks. Death, in and of itself, is no longer a fear I have. That is not to say that I wish to die, it is simply that I have done most everything I have ever wanted to do in my lifetime and actually much more, so if I die today I have no regrets. There are many things I would like to see come to pass in the future, but that will always be the case, so that is no necessarily a reason to want to live beyond my time whatever that may be. So my answer to that question is no, I do not fear death though I may not relish the act of dying.
My question to the reader is do you fear death? If so why? If not, why not?
Edited from the original version published on June 22, 2011.