10 Good Questions About Life And Death by Christopher Belshaw

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By Christopher Belshaw

10 stable questions about lifestyles and Death makes us reassess approximately probably the most very important concerns we ever need to face.

  • Addresses the elemental questions that many folks ask approximately lifestyles and death.
  • Written in an attractive and simple variety, excellent for people with no formal history in philosophy.
  • Focuses on usually meditated matters, equivalent to: Is existence sacred? Is it undesirable to die? Is there lifestyles after loss of life? Does lifestyles have that means? And which lifestyles is best?
  • Encourages readers to contemplate and reply to the human condition.
  • Features case reports, thought-experiments, and references to literature, movie, song, faith and myth.

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Some people think that losses like these would be bad, even if they aren’t experienced as bad by anyone, or any thing. If you’re inclined to agree, inclined to reject hedonism, you’re more likely to think that human death is bad, even when not experienced by anyone. Yet you might be suspicious about cases like these, but confident, still, about the badness of death. For, to repeat, while we don’t experience our death, it does, by ending it, make a big difference to our experience. These other cases, concerning art and nature, leave our experience untouched.

What matters is the distinction here between what there is in life, the process of dying, and what there is after life, the state of being dead. Next, distinguish between different ways of being dead. Assume first – what most of us already believe – that death is forever, and that no one and nothing will bring us back to life. And then assume as well – and this again is something that many people believe anyway – that death, and being dead, is a sort of nothingness. Assume, in other words, that there is no afterlife of the kinds that religions threaten or promise, no paradise with virgins, no heaven or hell, no walking the earth in some sort of zombie fashion, no transformation into a vampire.

First, if it’s really a gift, and not something that’s simply on loan, it’s presumably ours to do with as we wish. More important, perhaps, if human life is a gift, so too is animal and plant life. But we are permitted, most people and most Christians believe, to end those lives. The religious perspective has one more attempt. Human beings, and they alone, are all made, and all equally made, in the image of God. It’s this that sets our lives apart from animal and plant life. And it’s this that explains why our ending a human life is in effect an attack on God.

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