Religion-Science Philosophy articles series
Most of us are afraid of dying. However as Shestov said, the majority is not to be trusted with the answer to big philosophical questions. Philosophy is not a democratic process, but rather a dictatorship of the “all knowing” great minds whom the masses just try to understand (and follow, if they first understand them). If the majority finds something good, then it must be bad. And vice-versa: if the majority of us find something terrible, then it must most probably be the best thing in the world. So death must be indeed the thing we should all wish for. From Socrates (who actually provoked his execution by proposing an outrageous counter-sentence) to Christ most great men (and women) have always ridiculed death. We still cannot follow their example. We are afraid.
If you have learned from a child that matter is all there is, that is logical. But a machine – no matter how complex – will always be “nothing”. I am “myself”! Why do we still fear death while all wise men say otherwise? Have we suddently become so wise so as to doubt them?
Too much “logic” has led us into over-evaluating lifeless things and neglecting what we really feel as humans. We are luminous beings, not crude matter! If One is conscious and if what we sense as “life” is just the mirroring of this unique consciousness into many material components (which could even those be an illusion, remember one particle + one antiparticle equals nothing…), then dying could just be the re-unification of our consciousness with One. Dying could be just the end of the illusion of life… Could that be so illogical so as to be true?
All in all, dying is part of our life. If we love life, then we should love all of its components. And if we trust Nature to be wise, then we must trust her all the way to the end. Close your eyes and feel in silence. Do you see anything?
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