Should We Fear Death?

The majority of people have an extreme fear of death, whether they care to admit it or not. The biggest reason for this I think is because of not knowing what comes next. It’s not really the fear of death, it’s the fear of the unknown. 

I personally believe the world’s religions derived from this very fear. Thousands of years ago, science was pretty much non-existent. Therefore, in an effort to alleviate the fear these people must have felt, they created the notion of heaven. The thought of going to a better place when you die is comforting to think about. That’s all it is, comfort.

Modern society has a great fear of death. There is no certain way of knowing what happens after you die. Sure, these religions provide the comforting answer, but they’re not proven to be fact.

But should we fear it? I don’t think so. After all, death is inevitable. The number one fact of life is everything that lives must die. Why should we fear the inevitable? 

Not everybody fears death, however. There are African tribes who celebrate death. When someone they know dies, they have parades and take a picture with the dead person. It’s not a taboo subject like it is in first world countries. Their system is a lot better. They look at death with optimism and happiness at the life the person lived. We look at death with pessimism and despair that they person is gone. 

I think we should accept death with open arms.

What do you think?

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