My Philosophy of Life & Death……

10 Oct

Life before Death……

 

Before birth you didn’t spend the eternity prior to your conception worrying about what your life would have in store for you, should your conception and subsequent life happen.  In a similar way to when you are asleep, you don’t spend your sleeping hours worrying about your waking life……

 

Rebirth……

 

Supposing you believe in reincarnation, which I don’t, you have no knowledge of your previous incarnation.  Those who claim to remember their previous life, fail, without exception to demonstrate their claims……

 

Life after Death……

 

Death is final.  Regardless of your faith and any misguided preconceptions of Heaven or Hell, none of the claimants to false memories of a previous life ever recall a time which they spent in either.  The notion that these places exist are nothing more than a construct of religion used to assert control in the present……

 

Death is not Frightening, Dying is……

 

The fear of death is not a fear of the time during which you are no longer alive.  The fear of death is the fear of crossing the line between life and death.  If the transition from the state of living to the state of dying holds no fear, then dying is no longer something to fear……

 

Crossing the Line……

 

The transition from life to death can be easily achieved without the fear, given the right choice of how to achieve the goal.  There are many ways in which this can be done painlessly.  Unfortunately, the preferable choices in achieving this transition are not open to the majority of people.  This is ironic, given that our human rights are universally accepted other than the right to choose to die.  In the few exceptions that exist (Dignitas etc) there is still a proviso that you are terminally ill and have the means to afford the services of such an organisation.  Simply not wanting to live, for whatever personal reasons, does not meet the requirements of such organisations.  I believe this is wrong.  It makes the assumption that wanting to die, if you do not have a degenerative illness, automatically makes you mentally ill and incapable of making your own rational decisions.  This is not necessarily the case.  There are many reasons for wanting to end your own life and you do not have to be mentally incompetent for wishing to do so……

 

Limited Options……

 

Should you have made the decision that you do not want to live, given that no mechanism exists for you to take your life in a dignified manner, your options are limited.  There are many ways to end your life.  None are clear cut or dignified.  From throwing yourself in front of a train, jumping off a high building, hanging yourself or numerous other methods, all affect other people.  From the emergency services to members of the public, someone will have to clean up the mess and live with the horror of what they may see.  The only other course of action is overdose.  This has many drawbacks.  Your attempt may not be successful.  You may, inadvertently, leave yourself in a position of permanent brain damage, again, affecting others around you when your intention was to rid them of the burden you may already be causing……

 

Choice……

 

My life belongs to me and me alone.  I have the right to take it for whatever reasons I choose.  No one should be able to dictate that in making that choice I am mentally incompetent.  Only I know the reasons I do not wish to take part in ‘life’ and no one can dictate otherwise.  As time passes my resolve strengthens and I will exercise my will.  I am only seeking to do this with as little pain to myself and others as is possible……

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